Today, (Thursday, April 4) thousands of high school students across Ontario Canada are expected to take part in a massive province-wide walkout to protest the Ford government’s cuts and changes to Ontario’s education system.
The protest is in reaction to what the organizers deems the Ford government’s “attack on public education” which they say will be “extremely detrimental to students on both a long-term and widespread scale.”
“These cuts will deeply hurt us in terms of the online courses, the cuts to teachers and the class sizes. In every one of these points students are going to suffer,” Frank Hong, a co-organizer of the movement, told City News.
Among the announced changes to the education system are the slashing of almost $100-million in education job funding, the loss of 18,000 teaching jobs, revamping the health and physical education curriculum and an almost 30 percent increase in high school class sizes.
Organizers are expecting 100,000 students from over 700 schools to take part in the walkout.