OSSTF/FEESO - Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation

OSSTF/FEESO - Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation

January 11, 2008 10:13 ET

OSSTF Sets the Record Straight on Grades 7 to 12 Schools

KEMPTVILLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 11, 2008) - The announcement by the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) that the potential transfer of Grade 7 and 8 students to high school in the Upper Canada District School Board poses risks to those students does not reflect the positive, safe and successful experiences of secondary students across Ontario.

Ken Coran, President of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF/FEESO) stated that "secondary schools across Ontario take many forms and include students from Grades 7 to 12 in a variety of configurations. Parents across Ontario are pleased to have their children in secondary schools that provide healthy and safe learning environments and that also provide opportunities for instruction by specialists in areas such as arts and music, and student access to resources and support such as science labs, industrial arts shops and guidance counsellors."

"Currently, the Upper Canada District School Board has schools that include students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12, students from Grades 7 to 10 and students from Grades 7-12. The focus in these schools is providing students with the resources and support they need to succeed and not the grade configuration of the school. The ETFO forum on January 12, to discuss the transfer of Grades 7 and 8 students to high schools, should focus on how to best meet the needs of students in any school configuration," emphasized Coran.

"We all need to put students first. We must ensure that they have access to the best resources and supports possible in all learning environments to ensure their future success," Coran concluded.

OSSTF/FEESO, founded in 1919, has 60,000 members across Ontario. They include public high school teachers, occasional teachers, educational assistants, continuing education teachers and instructors, psychologists, secretaries, speech-language pathologists, social workers, plant support personnel, attendance counsellors, and many others in education.

Contact Information

  • Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation
    Ken Coran
    President
    (416) 751-8300 or 1-800-267-7867
    or
    Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation
    Susan Rab
    Executive Officer
    (416) 460-1997 (Cell)