Full-day Kindergarten

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) says she is gratified to see several of her party’s longstanding policies included in the latest provincial budget, but there are still many items that need urgent attention.

 
NDP Leader and Education Critic Lorraine Michael

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) says if government really wants to encourage population growth, it should be looking at ways of helping young families – and that starts with affordable, accessible child care.

 

NDP Education Critic Dale Kirby (MHA, St. John’s North) has launched a petition that he says is the “next logical step” in the campaign to see full-day kindergarten introduced to the province.

 

NDP Education Critic Dale Kirby (MHA, St. John’s North) is calling on the Minister of Education to release government’s cost estimates for a full-day kindergarten program which have been classified as a cabinet secret in order to keep the cost estimates hidden.

 

As schools around the province welcome back students for another year, NDP Education Critic Dale Kirby (MHA, St. John’s North) says it’s time for government to look seriously at introducing full-day kindergarten to the province.

 

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.

 

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

MR. KIRBY: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

 

Today in the House of Assembly NDP Education Critic Dale Kirby (MHA, St. John’s North) asked the government when it plans to provide universal early childhood education programs and all-day kindergarten.

 

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Leader of the Third Party.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MS MICHAEL: Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker.

 

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