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Teachers union president says repeal of sex-ed curriculum has caused 'chaos'

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario is taking legal action against the province
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The provincial government won't be commenting on a teachers union's legal challenge to the sex-education curriculum, because the issue is before the court.

That from a spokesperson for the education minister.

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario says it's challenging the government's decision to repeal a modernized version of the province's sex-ed curriculum.

It says it's seeking an injunction to keep the curriculum in place and to stop what it calls the government's ``snitch line,'' where parents can report non-compliant teachers.

ETFO President Sam Hammond calls the government's changes to the curriculum reckless, and says they put students at risk.

"There's a few items that ... we're seeking the injunction on. I think first and foremost is the chaos and absolute uncertainty that the repeal of the 2015 curriculum has caused ... in public education," Hammond told The Mike Farwell Show on 570 NEWS.

"We're confident that ... the abuse of power by this government, and what they're doing is in direct conflict with teachers' professional obligations under the Education Act, standards of practice under the Ontario College of Teachers, in conflict with the Human Rights Code, and in sections of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms." he went on to explain.

Hammond says it's "extremely unfortunate" they find themselves in this position, adding they have no other choice to take the actions they've had to.

"We hope that we can resolve this. What we've said from day 1 is the simple solution is ... the government promised to have consultations on a new curriculum, leave the current curriculum in place until you conclude those consultations, and then put out a new curriculum ... that's been the process for some two decades." he added.

He says they are very concerned based on what's happened since the Ford government was sworn in, including the curriculum, the cancelling of the $100 million school repair fund, as well as the establishment of the "snitch line".

"We will just continue to do what we're doing on behalf of our members, and students in the province." said Hammond.

The province plans to begin consultations this month to build a new curriculum.

with files from The Canadian Press

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