It’s time to talk about public education.
That’s according to the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation, which says its been too long since a broad consultation has been conducted.
“There certainly have been conversations. The question is have we had a global conversation with everybody that has a stake in education,” said Jeff Perry, president of the Regina Public School Teachers’ Association.
“What is it that the people of Saskatchewan want for education.”
The federation is hosting public engagement meetings across the province, including four in Regina over the next few days. The first was held Tuesday night at Johnson Collegiate.
Perry’s hoping to hear new ideas on how to better serve students.
“We definitely have a diverse population and a diverse set of needs. Students who need additional support to those who are achieving at a very high academic level,” he said.
“It’s easy as a teacher to think we know exactly what is needed in the classroom because we’re on the ground with students. So we have a perspective but at the same time that’s one perspective.”
Feedback from the meetings will help inform recommendations the federation will present to the government.
The next consultations in Regina will be held Oct. 17 at Ecole Centennial School, at Sheldon Williams Collegiate on Oct. 21 and at Seven Stones Community School on Oct. 22.