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Clarification on teaching, instructional material


I am writing in response to a recent editorial, “Education a valuable investment into the future,” published by The Western Star, which discussed the value of investing in education.

In particular, I would like to offer some clarification in order to avoid any concerns parents, teachers or others may have regarding how teaching and instructional materials are provided to schools and classrooms.

Contrary to the editorial, I want to emphasize that at no time have teachers or school administrators been directed by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development to require that parents provide teaching items of any kind. In addition, no teachers have been directed to purchase their own materials and teaching items.  

In fact, the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development provides an annual instructional grant to school districts each year based on student enrolment. For 2016-17, this grant amounts to approximately $11 million. Districts and their schools then use this funding for teaching materials.

In addition to this funding, the department has also provided $2 million in educational supplies specifically for kindergarten. These kindergarten classroom supplies have been provided to 335 classrooms at 184 schools across Newfoundland and Labrador.

Education is one of our government’s highest priorities. We are committed to providing an effective education system and improving student achievement. We recognize and appreciate the vital role our teachers and school staff play in shaping our future.

Dale Kirby

MHA for Mount Scio

Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development

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