Teachers protest against closure of resource centre

Teachers protest against closure of resource centre

Dozens of teachers took to the streets to show their disappointment.

The province officially announced that it is going to close a resource centre for educators.

In early March, Education Minister Kelvin Goertzen announced that the center which is located in the Robert Fletcher Building at the corner of Portage Avenue and Wall Street will start working online, and its employees will receive new positions.

This decision caused a lot of discontent on the part of teachers. On Thursday, March 28, almost fifty educators decided to protest against the closure of the centre.

The department of education explained that the centre is not such a necessary institution, because it is used by no more than 15 people a day. However, city teachers do not agree with it.

One of the protesting women said she uses the services of the centre on a daily basis. Now she needs to look for a computer and the Internet to get the necessary information. Teachers are most concerned about the fact that many schools outside Winnipeg are far from accessing the Internet.

Goertzen is sure that innovations will facilitate the work for all teachers in the future.

Gayle Glanfield, a teacher in the Lakeshore School Division, said she believes education for rural students is at risk now. She was one of the few rural teachers who decided to protest. She added that all rural teachers use the center every day and closing of it is a big problem for them due to limited Internet access.

All protesters said the government should have consulted them before making such an important decision. They still hope for a revision of the closure.

As it became known, the closure of the centre will save about $1.7 million that will be spent on other needs of the province.

The Curriculum Support Centre will officially close its doors on the 1st of April. 

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