Minister of Education Peter Fassbender issued the following statement today:
"Today veteran labour mediator Vince Ready determined that the parties are too far apart for mediation at this time.
"I'm very disappointed for students, parents and teachers. What should be a time of excitement and anticipation will instead be marked by frustration and uncertainty.
"I wish I could tell British Columbians when students will be back in school. But right now, I don't see any quick or easy solutions.
"Everything we've tried to do was to have schools open on time and to reach a settlement. Unfortunately, the BCTF leadership has stubbornly refused every effort to reach a fair deal and they have even refused to give teachers a chance to vote on suspending the pickets while an agreement is mediated.