Progressive Conservative Education critic Tim Halman says the McNeil Liberals must get rid of the no-fail policy and make standard, enforceable discipline policies in schools.
“We need to teach our children that accountability is a key part of life,” says Halman. “Students, teachers, parents and principals are all looking for concrete actions in our classrooms to improve the learning environment. The McNeil government should give these policies teeth by putting them in law.”
Halman introduced two bills in the Legislature. One would require school boards to adopt comprehensive discipline policies and give principals and teachers the ability to enforce them. The other requires students to meet expected learning outcomes appropriate to their grade level, to meet acceptable behaviour standards, and permits teachers to fail students who do not do so.
“It’s common sense that if students are not meeting outcomes, they shouldn’t be pushed ahead a grade but there is a lot of pressure on teachers and principals to pass students,” says Halman. “The way the current system is set up, it’s not benefiting the students. We need to have more accountability in the classrooms and concrete policies to make sure students are meeting their full potential. When they have not met expectations, the necessary supports and resources should be in place in order to set our students up for success.”