Letter: Factor in all costs for international education

The Editor, Re. “Who benefits when school district trustees visit China?” (Letters, The Tri-City News, Dec. 12) and “Costs for students & district” (Letters, Dec. 21).

The Editor,

Re. “Who benefits when school district trustees visit China?” (Letters, The Tri-City News, Dec. 12) and “Costs for students & district” (Letters, Dec. 21).

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Am I the only one who is asking why the Chinese government would dish out $70,000 to School District 43?

I am pretty sure it isn’t doing it to be nice. Why would the Chinese government grease the trustees when the SD43 board of education is obviously crazed to put it in front of local students.

I bet the Chinese government sees that we have seriously miscalculated the actual costs and see the $70,000 as much lower costs than building up the social infrastructure, educating teachers at a subsidy, etc.

I am positive the costs haven’t been accurately calculated when we factor in new school costs, daycare displacement, hardware upgrades, medical coverage costs, etc. The list must go on and on.

Isn’t classroom space in SD43 at a premium with the recent changes to class size and composition rules?

I would also like to see all the costs calculated for their tuition. I don’t want to subsidize international students any longer.

I wish the SD43 would just balance its budget with what it has been allocated by the province.

Steve Rayvals, Coquitlam

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