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B.C. parents to get strike pay

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver

Finance Minister Mike de Jong. FILE PHOTO

Finance Minister Mike de Jong. FILE PHOTO

If the teachers’ strike carries on until September, B.C.’s Ministry of Finance says it will pay parents $40 per day of strike action for every child under 13 years old in public schools.

Finance Minister Mike de Jong said the money is not retroactive and no one will be paid for strike disruption before the summer break.

It’ll be up to parents how they spend their share of the $12 million the government saves each day from not having to open schools.

“For as long as the disruption continues,” de Jong said in Victoria.

“Parents can utilize that money to acquire tutoring for their children, they can use that money to explore other educational opportunities as they see fit.

“And for some parents, it will be basic day care — it will be ensuring their young children have the supervisory attention they require.”

Registration will be done online and details on how to do that are yet to be announced.

B.C. Teachers’ Federation president Jim Iker said in a statement that government is prolonging disruption.

“This scheme will not help improve class sizes, increase support for children with special needs, or provide more one-on-one time for all students,” he said.


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