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Bernier holding first meeting with BCTF later this month

B.C. Education Minister Mike Bernier is set to meet with the British Columbia Teachers' Federation president Jim Iker for the first time later this month.
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BCTF president Jim Iker.

B.C. Education Minister Mike Bernier is set to meet with the British Columbia Teachers' Federation president Jim Iker for the first time later this month.

“In a couple of weeks we’ll have our first face-to-face meeting to talk about really starting to build that relationship as  new minister,” Bernier told the Alaska Highway News.

Likely to be on the agenda is the roll out of a new B.C. curriculum over the next three years.

Kindergarten to Grade 9 students will get the first swing at it this year. The Grades 10 to 12 portion is still being finalized, but is planned to be introduced next year.

“The BCTF actually helped appoint and assign over 100 teachers to help put this new curriculum together for us,” Bernier said. “As we talk about rolling it out, when it comes to what’s needed for teachers, training and all of that, those parts of it I have been having discussions already with my staff and the BCTF.”

Bernier added that in the next “month or two,” after he has met with Iker, “I’ll be able to make some further announcements to how we’re going to support teachers.

"There is going to be different educational opportunities that we'll need for teachers," he said.

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