Education

Genuine consultation is one thing that is noticeably lacking before school boards make the decision to close schools, and the province needs a consistent policy for boards to use in such decisions, says NDP Education Critic Dale Kirby, (MHA, St. John’s North).

 

NDP Education Critic Dale Kirby (MHA, St. John’s North) says a newly-released literacy study shines the spotlight on areas in which government needs to improve. While the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study shows students in this province perform at the Canadian average, it also says quite clearly that there is a measureable gender gap in reading abilities.

 

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please!

The hon. the Member for St. John’s North.

 

NDP Education Critic Dale Kirby (MHA, St. John’s North) continued his defense of students with special needs today in the House of Assembly. Today his focus was on undocumented suspensions – removing students from the classroom, often for reasons related to their disabilities, without documenting the absences.

 

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

 

NDP Education Critic Dale Kirby (MHA, St. John’s North) took time in the House of Assembly today to point out the particular need of students with disabilities for protection against bullying. Kirby asked the Minister of Education what specific plans he has to protect this group of students.

 

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

MR. KIRBY: Mr. Speaker, bullies exploit power imbalances and use physical strength, embarrassing information, popularity, and other means to control or harm others.

 

NDP Education Critic Dale Kirby (MHA, St. John’s North) continued to draw attention to a five-year-old report that has apparently been shelved by government. The ISSP-Pathways report was commissioned to assess the state of special education delivery in the province.

 

MR. SPEAKER: Order, please!

The hon. the Member for St. John's North.

 

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

 

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