Patrick Maze will serve a third term as president of the Saskatchewan Teachers Federation.
Maze was re-elected to the position at the federation’s annual meeting of council.
As he re-assumes the helm as the voice for Saskatchewan teachers, Maze says this is the most instability he has witnessed in the education sector in 20 years.
Maze bemoaned the fact that the provincial government seems to view education as an expense line in the budget rather than an investment in the future of the youth of the province.
“It’s the age-old problem that they [government] don’t see the returns in a four-year cycle and this is a government that likes to get elected, but they are shortchanging students and they are not listening to teachers,” Maze said.
In terms of imminent priorities Maze said he is looking forward to the upcoming provincial collective bargaining process although he acknowledges patience is often a virtue.
The current provincial collective agreement expires August 31.