DAN CEARNS The Standard
NORTH DURHAM: The Durham District School Board announced on Wednesday, June 17, that elementary school students in Durham will be getting report cards next week,
Teachers stopped inputting marks digitally on Monday, May 11 as part of a ‘work to rule’ campaign. DDSB Chairman Michael Barrett originally estimated that it would cost about $400,000 to hire people to help input marks. However, he said the board found a way around that by using volunteers.
“We felt it was unfair to the students to not provide those marks,” Mr. Barrett told The Standard. “We have quite a few people working on this. Some retired education officers, current education officers and even our director. It is our intention to send them out next week.”
Mr. Barrett added that the process has become more difficult because some teachers have allegedly used sabotage tactics. “They changed the columns around, did not submit last names and even messed up the alphabetical order,” he claimed.
However, ETFO Durham President Gerard O’Neill was baffled by those allegations of sabotage.
“I have not heard anyone say anything about that,” he said. “That was never the thought that anybody would do anything like that. All the marks were given to the Principal.”
The Elementary Teachers Federation and the DDSB have been without a collective bargaining agreement since August. Mr. O’Neill said it is the government’s call how long this dispute goes.
“It has been sitting there for almost a year now,” added Mr. O’Neil. “It has become quite obvious (the School Board is) not interested in signing this contract and they need to change.”
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