Grade 12s are most affected by current work to rule

Pictou-Advocate-opinion

To the Editor:

I would like to voice my opinion about the current work to rule situation within our schools.

I am a Grade 12 student at Northumberland (Regional High School) and I feel that the conditions of work to rule are affecting us the most out of the student body.

Firstly, we are no longer able to participate in extra-curriculars during lunch or after school.

For many of us, these are very important to not only our education, but also to our social lives. Many universities ask for these extra-curriculars when applying to their schools, and
now many of the students applying no longer have them.

Another thing about work to rule that is greatly affecting many of the students is that we are no longer able to get extra help or even see our marks. Since we aren’t able to get extra help, those of us who were already having troubles in our course are now having even more trouble keeping up and understanding the materials.

For many students, not knowing what our marks are causes great anxiety. We are also not able to determine where we need to improve within the course, making it very difficult to increase our marks.

As for Grade 12s in particular, I know many of us, myself included, are very upset with the fact that we have worked so hard over the years to get to our grad year. However, now that we have finally made it to our grad year, all our grad activities have been taken away because it requires teachers to supervise.

We also will not get to have our prom which, as a grad, is a very big deal. We have gone to school for the past 13 years to get to this point, and now due to work to rule many of the things we were looking forward to are no longer able to happen.

Heaven Leigh Davis
River John