Education Cuts Hurting Students, Families

Wiebe: CMEC report makes it clear we need to invest in education

April 30, 2018

Today, NDP Education Critic Matt Wiebe called on the Pallister government to reverse cuts to education that are hurting students and families in Manitoba.

A report from the Council of Minister of Education, Canada released today highlights that while Manitoba students have made progress since 2010 in reading, math, and science, much work remains to be done.

Wiebe called on the Pallister government to work closely with teachers and educators, but also noted that Pallister’s cuts to education funding and programs will set us back.

“It’s encouraging to see that some progress has been made, but the report released today makes it clear that we need to work even more closely with teachers and invest resources in the classroom to continue that progress,” said Wiebe. “Most of all, we need to push back against Pallister’s cuts to education that will hurt students and families trying to build a better future for themselves through education.”

For the first time since the 1990s, education funding isn’t increasing in Manitoba as the Pallister government has announced de facto cuts in two successive budgets. Many school divisions are seeing absolute cuts to their budgets. The government also ended the cap on K-3 class sizes, which means that students will have less one-on-one time with their teacher at a young age. With more students than ever before in Manitoba classrooms, Wiebe noted that these cuts will make it harder to improve reading, math and science outcomes.

“We can’t cut our way to better test scores. You can’t show me a parent that wants their kid, particularly if they’re struggling, to have less one-on-one time with their teacher, but that’s exactly what this government has done,” said Wiebe. “Pallister’s cuts will affect the students and families that are struggling the most. Less funding for education means fewer teachers in the classroom, and less resources going directly to making sure that every kid has a chance to succeed.”