You may have missed it, given the latest developments in the Snooklandian's war on teachers, including the dumbing down of the provincial tests, but last week Mr. Fassbender was caught bending facts on yet another topic.
Lindsay Kines had the story in the VTC. Here is his lede and a bit more:
Education Minister Peter Fassbender appears to have been working behind the scenes to discredit a computer system developed by the Saanich school district to track student grades, attendance and other records, documents show.
Despite stating publicly that districts were free to adopt a system of their choice, Fassbender sent a letter to directors of the B.C. School Trustees’ Association in February, advising them to steer clear of Saanich’s openStudent software.
In the letter, Fassbender accuses Saanich of trying to “undermine” the ministry’s own student information system, MyEducation B.C., by enticing districts to select openStudent. He then portrays openStudent as costly and incompatible.
“We believe that we have selected the best product to support the transformation of education in this province and I am very concerned there is misinformation being actively communicated through a variety of channels,” he states in the letter, which was obtained by the Times Colonist under B.C.’s freedom of information law...
...Saanich began working on openStudent in 2011 with the goal of using local expertise to create a made-in-B.C. student information system. By using freely available open-source tools, officials believed they could develop the system for less than $5 million, with yearly maintenance pegged at less than $1 million.
The B.C. government, meanwhile, signed a 12-year deal with Fujitsu last fall to deliver MyEducation B.C. at a cost of up to $9.4 million a year.
The thing that really bugs me about this one is that it's more than money because, with openStudent, Saanich was doing things locally, with local techies 'n geeks, and they were doing it with open source software.
And isn't that how you really grow and diversify an economy?
Why do the Snooklandians hate that?
Hmmmmm....I wonder if anybody did any lobbying 'round here for the fine folks from far away (i.e. Fujitsu)?...I bet NVG already knows the answer to that one...