Ontario’s government has launched an online portal for parents to report teachers who they believe aren’t following the current curriculum.
Teachers who use the previous Liberal government’s sex education curriculum from 2015 will be investigated by the Ontario College of Teachers, Premier Doug Ford’s office said on Wednesday.
“We will not tolerate anybody using our children as pawns for grandstanding and political games,” the premier said in a press release.
Ford’s Progressive Conservatives pledged to repeal the most recent sex-ed curriculum during the election campaign. They have moved to return to the sex-ed teachings introduced in 1998 until consultations with parents in all 124 Ontario ridings bring about a new lesson plan. Those discussions will begin in September, said Wednesday’s release.
Sam Hammond, president of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO), called the invitation to file complaints against teachers “unprecedented, outrageous, and shameful.”
“This is a blatant attack on the professionalism … of teachers,” he said in a tweet responding to the provincial government’s announcement.