STF concerned education funding not keeping pace with needed supports for teaching and learning

March 19, 2014
Regina, Saskatchewan

Today’s provincial budget promoted the theme of steady economic growth and shared prosperity. The Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation is concerned that this approach may not meet the growing needs of the education sector.

“Teachers welcome the increased operational funding for PreK-12 education in the 2014-15 provincial budget,” said Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation President Colin Keess. “Our concern remains that this modest increase may not keep pace with the rapid change occurring in schools today and the new initiatives proposed in the education sector plan.

“The high expectations and goals of the government with respect to the targets and outcomes for education will not be met without the necessary time, resources and supports for students and teachers,” said Keess. “The provincial government’s hold-the-line spending cannot come at the cost of providing quality education to Saskatchewan students.”

Teachers are encouraged by the increase in capital investments and additional funding announced for anti-bullying initiatives and English as an additional language students. While financial supports were also announced regarding implementation of the recommendations of the Joint Task Force on First Nations and Métis Education and Employment, few details on the use of these increased funds were available.

“To achieve the government’s goals requires the collaboration, support and professional leadership of Saskatchewan teachers,” Keess said. “We look forward to hearing more and working with our partners in education to ensure a high-quality education system in our province.”