9 a.m., Sept. 19)
Colonel By to offer after-school activities, not so at
at Cairine Wilson Secondary School are finding out firsthand
that life isn't fair after the school recently announced
that it would be canceling all after-school activities
due to the teachers refusal to volunteer in defiance of
115, ironically called the"Putting Students First
Act", freezes teachers salaries for the next two
years, imposes three unpaid days off in the second year,
reduces the number of sick days from 12 to six, discontinues
the ability to bank sick days, and bans the unions' right
response to the Bill, the Ontario Secondary School Teachers
Federation issued a directive urging its members to reconsider
volunteering for extra-curricular activities.
directive is not binding because technically, extracurricular
activities fall outside the teacher's normal duties and
are done on a volunteer basis. It does, however, create
a gray area in which many students are caught in the middle.
impact of the directive also varies greatly from school
to school. For instance, Colonel By Secondary School will
offer a full slate of activities, including interscholastic
sports, while Cairine Wilson has canceled all of its after-school
programs including drama and music.
availability of after-school programs at the east end's
other two public board high schools will depend on the
willingness of individual teachers to volunteer despite
the union directive.
High School has registered individuals in golf, tennis
and cross-country running, and Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary
School has signed up teams for girls basketball,
senior boys soccer and girls field hockey.
was a faint hope that parents could step in and help run
teams, in the teacher's absence, but each team would need
a school representative on the bench or the sideline to
adhere to liability requirements. In nearly every case,
the school representative would have to be either the
principal or vice-principal.
many public board teachers are wrestling with the decision
to coach this year, many Catholic board teachers say they
plan to return to the sidelines with the odd exception.
good reason for the difference in positions is the fact
that the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association
has a memorandum of understanding in place with the provincial
government that covers the next two years, while the Ontario
Secondary School Teachers Federation has no such agreement
in place. Ontario French Catholic and public board teachers
also have a memorandum of understanding in place.
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