VIDEO: Students Say No to Education Cuts
The Windsor chapter of 'Students Say No' has sent a message to the Doug Ford government - stop cuts to education.
The group was joined by close to in Charles Clark Square in downtown Windsor on Saturday.
They were speaking out against plans by the Conservative Ontario government to increase class sizes, mandatory e-learning, teacher layoffs, OSAP cuts, and autism funding changes.
Co-Director Noah Gascon calls human interaction is imperative to the learning process.
"Students will be forced to take four mandatory e-learning courses under their Ontario High School Curriculum and they'll lose that valuable face to face connection between teachers," he says.
The 15-year-old St. Anne Catholic School student says being in the classroom is an important part of learning.
"It helps students, it makes sure that they have the skills necessary to move forward to the next grade or post-secondary education," Gascon says. "When we have this in place, instead of e-learning, it can be the difference between passing grade and not getting a passing grade, so it's very important."
Gascon hopes Premier Doug Ford and the Ontario PC's hear the voices of those most affected by budget cuts.
"We want him to reverse these changes and make sure we have a world class public funded education for Ontario," says Gascon.
Windsor West New Democrat MPP Lisa Gretzky spoke at the event alongside Greater Essex County Elementary Teacher's Local President, Adelina Cecchin.