Year-end exams won’t be marked: B.C. teachers
BCTF president Jim Iker. (FILE PHOTO/24 HOURS)
"The point is, we need to do something that’s responsive to the union’s pressure. Does one side get to do something that has no impact on itself … and the other side can’t do anything? That’s the problem."
— Peter Cameron, BCPSEA
The B.C. Teachers’ Federation says end-of-year exams won’t be marked following the government’s announcement Wednesday of lockouts and reduced wages should job action continue.
The B.C. Public School Employers’ Association said a lockout will be in effect June 25 to 27 and said teachers would be barred from showing up at work 45 minutes before and after school.
Teachers are also told not to work during recess and lunch.
“In effect, what they’re saying is there will be no marking of exams,” BCTF president Jim Iker said on Thursday.
“The exams are on the 24th (of June), the marking would happen after that — there would be no marking because we’re locked out by the employer.”
BCPSEA negotiator Peter Cameron said exceptions would be made for teachers to mark exams.
He said teachers would also be allowed to attend grad ceremonies, unless they choose not to.
“A lockout does not affect volunteer activities … it’s unpaid work, you don’t lock people out from unpaid work.”
Teachers are moving into “stage two” of job action on Monday, which includes rotating strikes over four days. No decision has been made on whether teachers would escalate job action.
“To move to another stage there will be another provincewide vote by our members,” Iker said.
He added summer school planning would likely be impacted as well since teachers won’t be at work during the final days of school.
The BCPSEA said teachers’ wages are being reduced by 5% already and would be reduced by 10% if rotating strikes happen.
Both sides disagree with each other’s numbers.
Iker said teachers are asking for a wage increase of 10.75% over four years, and that it would require $300 million to restore lost provisions such as class-size composition.
Cameron said restoring class size and composition would cost $2 billion annually by year four — saying drastic cuts would be made elsewhere in education to meet the lower figure.