Local educators protest at Queens Park

Thousands of educators from across the province including 300 from the local board, gathered at Queen’s Park on Saturday to protest the planned elimination of more than 3,000 teaching jobs over the next four years and call on the province to boost funding for education.

The province has indicated that it intends to cut 3,475 full-time equivalent teaching positions through attrition, starting with 1,558 positions this fall.

The elimination of the positions is expected to result in a savings of $851 million over four years; however the plan has drawn the ire of both teachers and students.

It came just days after thousands of students at more than 600 schools across the province participated in walkouts to protest changes to the education system.