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  • Mark
    February 21, 2013 - 08:55

    I'm not saying that the provincial government should slash the education sector as a whole. I completely agree that education is the greatest investment. What I am saying is that excess positions should be cut and the money could transferred to other areas of the sector. I would like to see more money going towards early years learning and post-secondary education.

  • vince dwyer
    February 20, 2013 - 15:13

    Cutting education is not the answer the only way forward is with a highly educated workforce .Our Country is riding on it`s own coat tails from prior grades on the education system as they quickly dismantle it .Cutting education is closing off the province of having any tech companies show a interest in setting up shop on the island .Think about what this really is education is a must for our children province and country .Companies do not move into areas with lacking work force You can cut education now and pay for it ten fold later when under educated under trained people can not get jobs and live off the system .it`s a proven fact . Other country reconize this and are spending twice as much as we are on education one of the reasons so many companies are setting up shop abroad

  • Mark
    February 20, 2013 - 08:51

    This is the first place that the provincial government should cut. NL has the lowest ratio of teachers to students of any province in Canada (about 1 teacher for every 13 kids, the last time I checked). I'm sorry to say that a lot of young people left the province and had kids elsewhere, and besides, people don't have big families like they used to. The bottom line is that with half as many kids in our school system than in the early 1970s, there is a large opportunity here to save money.

  • Seriously?
    February 20, 2013 - 08:38

    We have a population of over 500,000 people and seriously folks, the best person we can pick to look after our well being is Dunderdale? Come off it. I know she got elected on Danny's coat tails but lets face reality, she is not a leader, and NL seems to be on the decline ever since she was elected. As for the deficit, this isn't rocket science. A monkey could govern this tiny province when oil prices are up. Now that prices are back to reality, its time to see what the PC party can do. Their natural reaction is to cut, cut, cut. While cuts may be the answer in some areas, it's certainly noot the soultion in education. For people with knowledge of the School system, (obviously not referreding to GWB above) they know that teachers are overworked, under a great deal of stress, and forced to deal with many isses not related to their job. Yes they are paid well in some cases, but if you figured out what they really worked for per-hour it would shock you. I know teachers who work evenings and weekends just trying to get things ready for their children. Likely caused by the fact they spent half of the day before dealing with behavioural issues, family matters, etc. Teachers today are expected to be educators, social workers, friends and some time parents. To save money in the edctaion system you have to look at the School Boards, and of course the crew at the top of Confedertaion Building. The ongoing joke among teachers who are tired of the classroom is 'how can we get to the board office". They know once they go to work there, things are stress free, quiet, and relaxing. If we are serious about the skilled labour shortgaes we are facing and the poor results of our students in certain areas, we need to put MORE money into eductaion but in the right areas. Cuts to this area is the same as shooting yourself in the foot.

  • roy
    February 20, 2013 - 08:24

    I think the Govt should appoint Randy Joyce as an expert in consultation. He could run around to all unions and consult as to what they are willing to give up or want Then he could run around to all towns and municipalities and see what they would give up or want then he could run around and get their feelings again, then he could run around and talk to the unions again oh he could keep runnuing around forever consulting. No one wants positions, hospitals, roads, schools or anything else taken away or defered. so i would hope if appointed he has good legs do do the running around. As for me i want everything i can get and more, i'm human i think. Just a thought , the govt could give all the unions what they want a nice raise in pay to offset taxes then raise taxes and say to hell with everyone else. Unions are at a point where it is us or them meaning unions or the rest of the people

  • John Smith
    February 20, 2013 - 07:41

    Speaking of Austerity measures - WHAT ABOUT ALL THIS INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL?? OUT OF PROVINCE TRAVEL?? How about restricting this or actually looking at the return on investment. I bet its not the general service employees or unionized employees participating in this travel. Talk about travel costs, per diems, accomodations, entertainment expenses, wish somebody would look at that.

  • GWB
    February 20, 2013 - 06:22

    Teachers are paid more now then ever, have a good pension, get all holidays and summers off. I am not saying it is easy but the content of subjects doesnt change much every year so that portion gets less dificult every year. I must say though since this expensive system is churning out students who can't find the atlantic ocean on a map, and think Europe is a country(according to a recent survey at mun) what is our money actually paying for? Id rather see the cash on go to roads or health care. Just my opinion.