Recognizing the Importance of Respecting Parents’ Roles and Rights as their Children’s Primary Educators

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MPP Daisy Wai receives all party consent as her Private Member’s Motion is passed 

Earlier this month, Member of Provincial Parliament Daisy Wai introduced a Private Member’s Motion in the Legislature to enhance the role of parents in Ontario’s education system and allow them to be more involved in their children’s education at school. As a result, the motion has now been passed with unanimous support from all parties.

The content of the motion includes the following four aspects:

• Establish a partnership between parents and the education system;

• Ensure respect for the role of parents in educating their children;

• Increase the participation of both parties;

• Increase communication among all parties involved, including the Provincial Department of Education, District Education Bureaus, schools, teachers and parents.

All parties see the importance of engaging parents in their children’s education. The previous government introduced a Parent Engagement Policy in 2010 without much progress, which is why more parents are still expressing their concerns.

With the increase in immigration over the past 10 years in Ontario, there is an increasing need to work with our diverse communities, especially when families have different cultures.

The objective of my motion is to enhance parents’ participation and improve the quality of education for the next generation. At the same time, it requires the Education Bureau, schools, teachers and parents working in tandem to educate their children.” Daisy Wai, MPP for Richmond Hill says.

The Motion presented is much needed and is important to support the development of Education for our future generation. In the next phase, MPP Wai will continue to consult parents on the education of their children and urge the Ministry of Education to implement the content of her motion.