Ed­u­ca­tional out­comes task force re­port has 82 rec­om­men­da­tions for gov­ern­ment

Stu­dent men­tal health and well­ness, math­e­mat­ics and read­ing, and indige­nous ed­u­ca­tion re­quire ur­gent at­ten­tion

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - FRONT PAGE -

A task force charged with ex­am­in­ing the prov­ince’s K to 12 ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem with an eye to im­prov­ing out­comes for stu­dents iden­ti­fied 82 rec­om­men­da­tions.

Premier Dwight Ball re­leased the fi­nal re­port, ti­tled “Now is the Time” on Tues­day, July 25, at El­wood Re­gional High School in Deer Lake.

The rec­om­men­da­tions fo­cus on men­tal health and well­ness, in­clu­sive ed­u­ca­tion, math­e­mat­ics, lit­er­acy, Indige­nous ed­u­ca­tion, mul­ti­cul­tural ed­u­ca­tion, co-op­er­a­tive ed­u­ca­tion, early years, and teacher ed­u­ca­tion and pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment.

“It is clear that the present model of in­clu­sion, stu­dent men­tal health and well­ness, un­der­achieve­ment in math­e­mat­ics and read­ing, and Indige­nous ed­u­ca­tion re­quire im­me­di­ate and sub­stan­tial at­ten­tion,” the re­port reads.

In a press re­lease from the Premier’s of­fice, Ball said the re­port is a re­flec­tion of the gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment to en­hanc­ing the per­for­mance of the prov­ince’s ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem.

“I am proud that our gov­ern­ment con­tin­ues to de­liver on its man­date to ex­am­ine the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem and de­velop a con­crete plan for en­hanc­ing it that in­cludes mea­sur­able goals and mile­stones,” Ball stated in the re­lease.

Dale Kirby, pro­vin­cial min­is­ter of ed­u­ca­tion and early child­hood devel­op­ment, said the re­port would as­sist gov­ern­ment in the devel­op­ment of an ed­u­ca­tion ac­tion plan.

“Im­prov­ing ed­u­ca­tional out­comes is vi­tal in help­ing pre­pare the needs of stu­dents and pre­pare them to be global cit­i­zens in our chang­ing world,” Kirky stated.

The task force was com­prised of Dr. David Philpott, Dr. Mar­ian Fushell and Dr. Mar­garet Wake­ham and chair­per­son Dr. Alice Collins.

For more on this story, and to see the full re­port, visit: www.gfwad­ver­tiser.ca

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