After the death of Bill 64, a draft reform plan without any details

This action plan responds to the 75 recommendations of the report of the Education Commission from kindergarten to 12 years.i year of Manitoba (New window)published in March 2021.

At the heart of this new project is the success of Manitoba students. The province is focusing on several areas such as feelings of security, sense of belonging and mental health.

None of the measures seem as drastic as those in Bill 64, which included the elimination of school divisions.

According to the Minister of Education and Early Learning, Wayne Ewasko, the province realized that it was going too far to eliminate school divisions.

Mr. Ewasko added that the new plan aims to improve student outcomes and ensure that the education system is inclusive and equitable.

année”,”text”:”Les Manitobains nous ont dit haut et fort qu’ils ne voulaient pas que nous changions la structure de gouvernance du système d’éducation de la maternelle à la 12e année”}}”>Manitobans have told us loud and clear that they do not want us to change the governance structure of the K-12 education system.Wayne Ewasko told a news conference Wednesday at Templeton School in Winnipeg.

One of the most important measures is the creation of a board of education this year. According to the official document provided by the Provincial Council, the The Board of Education will provide strategic direction and advice on the implementation of the action plan.

The government has few details on this measure. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.

Six new groups will be created:

  • Board of Education

  • Curriculum Advisory Committee

  • Advisory Board of the Minister of Inclusive Education

  • Student Advisory Board

  • Poverty and Education Working Group

  • Education funding model review team

The province says it wants to promote programs in French, as well as indigenous languages ​​and knowledge, as well as improving notebooks, among other things.

Manitoba also wants to develop a strategy for hiring and retaining teachers in rural communities, especially Aboriginal and French-speaking teachers.

The proposed changes are set out in the next action plan.

These measures will be implemented for the next five years.

In addition, the plan calls for the creation of an online high school for the coming school year. It would be part of a global distance learning strategy that builds on the lessons learned during the pandemic.

Wayne Ewasko said the initiative will allow students to access programs that are not available in their community.

Manitoba will evaluate students across the province in grade 10 instead of grade 12. The province plans to publish data on student achievement at the school level, as well as data from school divisions and the province as a whole.

An official from the Ministry of Education clarified that the data are not intended to assess the performance of individual schools or compare them with others.

It is also planned to implement, in the next two years, new report bulletins that reflect the needs of students who require additional support in the classroom.

There will also be more early intervention for students who need help and all principals will take steps to improve the performance of Indigenous students, depending on the province.

Mixed reactions

It’s a relief. »

A quote from Simon Laplante, co-director general of the school division of the river Seine

Some actors in the educational community are happy to see that the abolition of school divisions is not on the agenda. This is the case of Simon Laplante, co-director of the Rivière Seine School Division.

We will continue with our commissions and our commissioners. It is a democratic institution that responds to the needs of communities, he says. There is a focus on leadership in education, which is great because we need to keep training our school principals.

The director general of the Franco-Manitoban School Division, Alain Laberge, says it is unclear how some of the initiatives will be implemented.

There are several things we are already doing. We will need to provide details and provide more information about the direction we would like to take. For example, when we talk about the funding model, we have been hearing for 18 months that there will be a new formula.says Mrs. Laberge.

The president of the union representing Manitoba teachers, the Manitoba Teachers SocietyJames Bedford, greets the announcement with prudent optimism.

We will continue to advocate for the interests of teachers and an effective, inclusive and adequately funded public education system for all Manitoba students.mention.

Mr. Bedford says he is happy that the actors in the educational community have been heard and that they have been able to influence the content of this plan.

Manitoba New Democratic Party leader Wab Kinew lamented that the new reform does not include hiring new teachers.

We know that this year there are fewer teachers in classrooms in Manitoba because of the cuts of the Conservative Progressives, and unfortunately under Prime Minister Stefanson, nothing changes.added.

With information from Cameron MacLean and Anne-Louise Michel

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