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Jeff Lloyd: Government Failure to Pay Reserve Teachers
By Jeff Lloyd
Jan 2, 2017 - 12:39:48 PM

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It saddens me to learn that nearly 200 educators in our country have gone without pay for several months. Teachers form a necessary foundation in our youth that becomes the bedrock of our society.

Without the sacrifices of these men and women who left retirement to come back to a profession many have devoted their entire life to, many of our young people would be subject to impossible learning situations. How have we repaid them? We have shouted from the tops of our lungs that they simply do not matter. We have expressed to them that we care more about Christmas decorations, and explicit dance parties than we do about them.

We have allowed them to be mistreated along with countless others by this worthless government, and I cry shame on the blaring silence from the Ministers responsible for this blatant display of disrespect.

The public demands to know why these educators have gone for months without payment, and the Minister of Education is once again silent when he should speak.

It is my hope that with a new year, this government will at the very least do what is right and just by these educators, and ensure that they are paid.

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