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Class sizes, bureaucracy and mismanagement among B.C. parent concerns in school system, poll finds

Last Updated Jun 5, 2019 at 10:06 am PDT

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VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A large number of parents in British Columbia appear to be happy with the quality of their children’s schooling, but a new poll suggests many still have concerns about the overall system.

“We continue to see a lot of people concerned about class sized — we have 31 per cent of B.C. parents who say that their child’s class is or has been too big,” Mario Canseco, president of Research Co., explains. “Sixty per cent say it is about right, but this is a number that has remained consistent for the past few years.”

Class size appears to be more of a concern for parents in northern B.C.

However, for the most part, Mario Canseco says parents are quite happy with the quality of education their children a re getting in grade school.

“I think it’s a good news story in that sense for the education system,” he explains. “We do see a lot of parents who are happy with the way things are going.”

Thirty-three per cent of parents polled who have a kid enrolled in K12 have said their child’s experience has been “positive” within the system.

The poll has also found satisfaction among parents when it comes to the “quality of instruction” in English, science, social studies, math, and French.

Meantime, for parents in the southern part of B.C., Canseco says bureaucracy and mismanagement are more likely to be pointed out as a concern.

“And if you’re in Metro Vancouver, you’re slightly more likely to say that it’s lack of safety in schools and bullying,” he adds. “So it’s not as if you can take a specific decision and say ‘this is the number of issue.’ There are specific reasons that have significant problems that have to be resolved.”