Education protest at MPP Bailey’s office (VIDEO)March 15, 2019 2:41pm
About 40 protestors staged a rally outside Sarnia-Lambton MPP Bob Bailey’s Point Edward office Friday afternoon.
The Sarnia Intersectional Feminist Network, Unifor and CUPE Ontario were among those voicing concern about the province’s education system.
Sarnia Northern Collegiate high school student Simon Harris, with the feminist network, said changes are having a negative impact.
“Education, whether it be K to 12 or post-secondary, is fundamental to the development of children, teens and young adults,” said Harris. “But these clawbacks, whether it be in sexual education, Indigenous programming, or just even cap sizes, all of this is detrimental.”
Harris said they’ve created two education petitions– one calling for reinstatement of the 2015 sex ed curriculum, and the other outlining concerns about changes to post-secondary tuition.
He said the provincial government is trying to fix something that wasn’t broken in the first place.
“We had a very robust health and education program put in place in 2015, but what we have now is something that is up for grabs,” said Harris. “There’s a lot that students have been putting out there, but a lot of what’s being talked about feels like it’s being swept under the table by this provincial government.”
Harris said they have a meeting with Bailey March 29.