Education

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for St. John’s North.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

 

Reports that parents in St. John’s are forced to line up for hours to register their children for early French immersion programs don’t sit well with NDP Education critic Dale Kirby (MHA, St. John’s North).

 

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for St. John’s North.

MR. KIRBY: Mr. Speaker, last week the Minister of Education told this House that Newfoundland and Labrador’s student-teacher ratio is 11 to 1. That came as a surprise to kindergarten teachers who struggle to provide education to twenty students and more each day.

 

NDP Education critic Dale Kirby (MHA, St. John’s North) wanted to know about student-teacher ratios and all-day kindergarten today in the House of Assembly.

Kirby challenged the Minister of Education on classroom realities. As recently as last week, government cited a student-teacher ratio of 11 to 1. This, Kirby asserts, is far from the reality in many provincial classrooms.

 

Members of the NL NDP caucus have voted to support the anti-bullying motion introduced by Education critic Dale Kirby (MHA, St. John’s North), despite government amendments which weaken its original intent.

 

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for St. John’s North.

 

NDP Education critic Dale Kirby (MHA, St. John’s North) had some pointed questions for the Minister of Education in the House of Assembly today. The first concerned his constituents in Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s.

Beachy Cove Elementary in that town will lose its cafeteria and some use of its gymnasium this September to deal with a shortage of classroom space.

 

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for St. John’s North.

 

NDP Education Critic Dale Kirby (MHA, St. John’s North) gave notice in the House today of a private member’s motion he will introduce on Wednesday.

The motion seeks to enshrine anti-bullying into the province’s Schools Act.

VIEW THE MOTION

 

NDP Education critic Dale Kirby (MHA, St. John’s North) asked in the House of Assembly today why government has once again denied funding for new public libraries.

 

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