Education that Works for the People

Published on September 06, 2019

It’s that time of year again, students will be going back to school for another incredible year of learning, growth and achievement across our community.  As a father of four children, I know that education is important and am looking forward to this new school year.

September 6, 2019

 

Op-Ed

Education that Works for the People

 

By Kaleed Rasheed, Member of Provincial Parliament

It’s that time of year again, students will be going back to school for another incredible year of learning, growth and achievement across our community.  As a father of four children, I know that education is important and am looking forward to this new school year.

At the heart of our Government’s vision is a shared responsibility to ensure students have the very best chance to be successful after high school – in post-secondary education, apprenticeship and training, the community or in the workforce.

I am proud to be a part of a government that puts education first. It is our Government’s mission to ensure youth in our province can develop the skills they need in a modern economy to help them find good jobs and earn a decent wage in Ontario. That is why we are investing in students’ futures with record investments in public education, mental health and transportation.

When our government was elected in 2018, we began reforms to the province’s education system. We are the first government with the largest-ever education consultation in the province of Ontario. Our consultation had over 72,000 engagements with parents, students, educators, employers and community organizations.

The results of our historic public consultations are reflected in our vision for education. That’s why we called it “Education that Works for You”. Minister Lecce has innovated several aspects of the education system and empowered educators to better prepare students for the realities of the modern world.

Through our investments we are equipping students with the skills they need, with an emphasis on encouraging girls and young women to participate in the skilled trades and STEM. I am proud that we are making financial literacy a key part of our revised math curriculum. I have seen first hand so many students who cannot do simple math anymore, and it really breaks my heart.

On the contrary to the news, our government is NOT making cuts but is providing over $24 BILLION to school boards – an increase over last year – the largest investment in public education in Ontario’s history.

I look forward to working with the Minister to get our education system back on track.  We will continue to invest in our kids and create a positive and safe learning environment for today’s children and tomorrow’s leaders.

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