Newington ON – If you think Health Care in Ontario is bad, just wait till September when you see how badly Dalton McGuinty has screwed up our Educational System.
$1.5 billion per year is being spent on three and four year olds to attend full day/every day kindergarten. Teachers making $70,000 plus, ECE’s (Early Childhood Educators) making $47,000 plus and EA’s (Educational Assistants) $30,000 all will be needed to run this program. Administration will be required to record babysitting costs and attendance in the before and after school component of the program. Trustees are already complaining of insufficient funding. Principals are confused as to how the programs will be implemented. Class room sizes are increased to 26+. Education Assistants are being cut back, at the same time that school boards are implementing “inclusion” for all special needs students. Private daycare will be shut down.
Full day kindergarten was supposed to assist low income families by eliminating the need for daycare but the cost for the before/after component in most school boards has been set at unrealistically high rates ($29-$35 / day) which is more than most private daycares charge. This rate is so high because the ECE’s are being paid considerably more ($24/hr) than most daycare workers are paid. Thus the program which was to help the poor has been priced out of their reach by overpaying government workers to perform the same service that the private sector has been providing for less money.
Our education system will be in the same mess that Dalton McGuinty made our health care system…expensive, inefficient and unmanageable. It’s disgraceful!
Tammy A. Hart
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