One of the most mishandled files to grace the desk of a provincial cabinet minister is moving in the right direction with an Auditor General’s study into school capital planning in the province, but more questions remain about whether schools will actually be built by their new completion dates, the Wildrose Official Opposition said today.
In an interview this morning on Edmonton AM, Minister Eggen was unable to guarantee that new school deadlines, set by his ministry, would be met.
“Wildrose has been saying since 2012 that these schools weren’t going to be built on time, and yesterday’s announcement only proves our point,” Wildrose Shadow Education Minister Mark Smith said. “However, I’m not optimistic that the updated timelines are correct. What is Minister Eggen going to do to assure parents that he is on top of this file and that he’s going to get these schools built by his new deadlines?”
“The minister needs to clearly explain what he is going to do to make sure that his new timelines can actually be met,” Smith said. “The Minister has had five months to get ahead of this problem and his hasty announcement yesterday raises questions about whether he recognizes that new school construction should be his top priority.”
“The time for finger pointing is done. Our students and their parents deserve action on this high priority file within the education department,” Smith said. “At the end of the day, this is about standing up for students, and ensuring we have the proper infrastructure to meet the needs of our growing population.”