With their parents and grandparents in tow, students of the city’s only Khalsa school, which is being asked to vacate its space, rallied today (February 8) outside the West Broadway offices of the Vancouver school board.
Chanting “Save our school” and “Save our education”, the kids did roving pickets as some of their elders faced TV news cameras to air their grievances.
“As a parent, we are sad,” Surinder Dosanjh told reporters. “And all the kids are so sad that there is nothing left for them.”
In a phone interview Wednesday (February 6), Vancouver school board chair Patti Bacchus indicated that the space leased by the Khalsa school at the South Hill Education Centre site on Prince Albert Street is needed to temporarily house students from public schools that will undergo seismic repairs.
Dosanjh has two kids in the Khalsa school, one in Grade 2 and the other in Grade 6.
“All we want is we want a school for the kids,” Dosanjh said. “And if we can’t run this school, we want a replacement.”
At the rally, parent Harjit Bhatti told the Straight that the school board has extra space in the city because enrollment across the district has been on the decline for many years.
Bhatti pleaded: “Please don’t take the education from us since you are the educator.”