CHARLOTTETOWN – Opposition Education Critic James Aylward is taking issue with Premier Robert Ghiz’s recent overseas trip to sell P.E.I.’s education curriculum.
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Opposition Education Critic James Aylward
“It is unacceptable for the premier to dedicate limited resources to develop and sell a curriculum to other countries while our students continue to place last in our country in math, reading and science.” said Aylward. “He is trying to make an extra buck at the expense of our students’ learning.”
He said there are a number of problems within the Island education system that need proper attention and leadership from the premier, citing outdated curriculum as just one example.
“We have heard from Island educators who teach social studies classes with textbooks from 1991. It could basically be a history lesson,” said Aylward. “But, instead of focusing on ways to update and improve this material, the premier has chosen to exploit our students by commercializing their curriculum.”
Aylward said this sales trip is another indication that the Premier’s priorities are misguided in education.
"The first priority for the premier should be to build a curriculum that meets the learning needs of our Island students – not to create a product that is designed to meet the demands of another country.”