09/11/2012 04:46 EDT | Updated 11/11/2012 05:12 EST

B.C. residents agree public schools broken, says online survey

A majority of British Columbians agree the public education system is broken, according to results of questions asked in an Angus Reid online survey on behalf of CBC.

When asked if the B.C. public education system is broken, 65 per cent of respondents agreed.

When asked about the impact of last year’s teachers’ job action, 52 per cent of respondents agreed it hurt the system, while 29 per cent said it had no effect at all. Only nine per cent said it had a positive effect, while 10 per cent were not sure.

When asked if the growth of private schools in B.C. is a threat to the public school system, 29 per cent of respondents agreed. Respondents with children were more likely to agree with the statement than those without kids.

The online survey of 802 B.C. adults from an Angus Reid database was conducted between August 22 and 24.

CBC Radio One’s On The Coast is hosting a public forum about education in B.C. from 4 to 6 p.m. PT on Sept. 12 at Vancouver Technical Secondary School.

Email to reserve a seat. You can also join the conversation in a live chat at