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Student Leader Hirad Zafari on "Putting Students First"

by Daniel Kitts Friday August 31, 2012

Tuesday, I'm producing a program on the Ontario government's proposed "Putting Students First Act," which the governing Liberals say is essential to make sure teachers don't strike over a two-year wage freeze and other measures to curb the growth of their salaries. Teachers' unions say they had no intention of striking and the government is being heavy-handed. 

But if the act is meant to "put students first," what do students think of it? To get a sense of that, I spoke with Hirad Zafari, president of the Ontario Student Trustees' Association via webcam:

Thoughts? Do you agree with Zafari? And if you're a student, what's your perspective on the government-teacher conflict? Let us know.