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More than half disapprove of government's handling of education: ATA survey

Child doing homework and writing story essay. Elementary or primary school class. Closeup of hands and colorful pencils. (CREDIT: iStock)

EDMONTON (660 NEWS) – As kids continue to roll into school this week, the Alberta Teachers Association (ATA) has released a survey regarding the government’s return-to-school plan.

The survey asked a variety of questions, mainly focused on back to school protocols and how the government and school boards are handling the pandemic.

About 57 per cent of those surveyed said they approve of the government’s performance during through the pandemic while only 41 per cent approve of the UCP’s handling of the education system.

When it came to school re-entry, about 46 per cent approve of the government’s current plans and 62 per cent of parents are confident their child will be safe at school during the pandemic.

Just over 70 per cent of parents also said they’re confident in their child’s own school plans for back to school.

Nearly half of those surveyed said they would rather see a combination of in-person and online learning under Alberta’s Scenario 2.

As for COVID-19 protocols in school, the majority of respondents said many aspects of the back to school plan should be improved.

About 29 per cent said class sizes are the biggest need to address.

Just over 1000 Albertans over the age of 18 took part in the survey between Aug. 27 and Sept. 1.