Ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem needs more ac­count­abil­ity

Cape Breton Post - - EDITORIAL -

The cur­rent im­passe with our provin­cially fifth- ranked teach­ers union and the Nova Sco­tia gov­ern­ment is not the real prob­lem.

The real cause is Nova Sco­tia vot­ers haven’t dis­cov­ered there is no ac­count­abil­ity for stu­dent and teacher out­comes in their poorly ranked pub­lic school ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem.

Shouldn’t the prov­ince be bas­ing their dis­cus­sions over pay and ten­ure on the tested out­comes of stu­dents in each grade, which suc­ces­sive pre­miers have failed to do for at least 20 years?

How­ever, vot­ers can’t cor­rect the past. But young and es­pe­cially older vot­ers can en­sure there will be pools of young peo­ple liv­ing in the prov­ince who have the self-in­ter­est to con­tinue learn­ing wider ranges of higher tech knowl­edge and skills per­son­ally. Not just in school but through­out their work­ing lives.

This is the change that will con­tin­u­ally cre­ate and main­tain a wider range of bet­ter-paid work through­out our prov­ince, which can be­come one of the best places to live in their world.

Jim Peers Syd­ney

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