Local area high school teachers and support staff picketed outside North Grenville District High School (NGDHS) last Wednesday in the province-wide Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) one-day strike.
The strike closed many of the high schools across the province, as teachers walked out of the classroom to protest the provincial government’s changes to the education system, including larger class sizes and more e-learning. OSSTF teachers have been without a contract since August.
OSSTF Branch Steward, Jason Henderson, says they had representatives from many local high schools on the picket line, including NGDHS, North Dundas High School, TR Leger, Brockville Collegiate Institute, and Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute. They also had representatives from all four educational unions in Ontario come out to show their support. There were about 100 people on the picket line outside NGDHS at its peak, protesting the provinces’ actions, which they believe will degrade the quality of education in Ontario.