This is page numbers 367 - 397 of the Hansard for the 12th Assembly, 5th Session. The original version can be accessed on the Legislative Assembly's website or by contacting the Legislative Assembly Library. The word of the day was education.

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Return To Question 212-12(5): Reason For Decline In Students At Akaitcho Hall
Question 212-12(5): Reason For Decline In Students At Akaitcho Hall
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Richard Nerysoo Mackenzie Delta

Thank you, Madam Speaker. I didn't say I had a monopoly, I had suggested I wouldn't want other students to stay away from home as long as I did, and I think there are others who did.

Madam Speaker, there are a number of factors that are important when you review the whole matter of the closure of Akaitcho Hall, and the whole matter of the transfer of Sir John. The increasing number of community secondary schools has meant that the number of students coming to Yellowknife for their high school education is decreasing each year. In our anticipation, for instance, for September of 1994, it's expected to be about 50 students who will be continuing their high school education in Yellowknife. In other words, we are not asking those students who already began their high school program here to move out of Yellowknife. These students presently can be accommodated more effectively and at less cost through home boarding. The Executive Council has given approval for closure effective June 30. We are treating our staff, under the workforce adjustment program, as fairly as we can. Those, in my view, are some of the factors.

The other issue is there is a cost factor if you review it. The resulting savings are 26 PYs at a cost of $2.7 million in salaries and O and M costs. There are other potential savings and utility costs, but I am not sure about those. Generally speaking, those are the factors we had to consider. There will be an ongoing decline in the total number of students as these students graduate and as we improve community secondary programs.

Return To Question 212-12(5): Reason For Decline In Students At Akaitcho Hall
Question 212-12(5): Reason For Decline In Students At Akaitcho Hall
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Madam Speaker

Thank you. Supplementary, Mr. Whitford.

Supplementary To Question 212-12(5): Reason For Decline In Students At Akaitcho Hall
Question 212-12(5): Reason For Decline In Students At Akaitcho Hall
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Tony Whitford Yellowknife South

Thank you, Madam Speaker. Madam Speaker, it is hard to argue against the value of education in your own community. It is also difficult to argue against the value of education away from home. It is a well-known fact that when you travel, you gain additional knowledge. Akaitcho Hall, in conjunction with Sir John Franklin, offered many people in communities opportunities they wouldn't otherwise have. Many of the Members have expressed that here and I will also express that. If a student decides they want to get an education away from their home community, for a variety of reasons that are very well-known to Members of this House, will this opportunity still be available to them to get education in Yellowknife or Fort Smith, et cetera?

Supplementary To Question 212-12(5): Reason For Decline In Students At Akaitcho Hall
Question 212-12(5): Reason For Decline In Students At Akaitcho Hall
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Madam Speaker

Thank you. Minister of Education, Culture and Employment Programs, Mr. Nerysoo.

Further Return To Question 212-12(5): Reason For Decline In Students At Akaitcho Hall
Question 212-12(5): Reason For Decline In Students At Akaitcho Hall
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Richard Nerysoo Mackenzie Delta

Thank you, Madam Speaker. Under the policies that have been approved by this Assembly, the ability for students to move from region to region will be much more restricted. In fact, in some cases, the opportunity will not be available to them. However, most of the resources we have for secondary schooling are now being transferred to the divisional boards. They can make a decision, if they so choose, to provide the assistance and resources to students who wish to attend school outside their particular area. As such, we have made a choice of removing ourselves from the daily operational decisions that we were formerly involved in because we have given authority to the divisional and regional boards.

Further Return To Question 212-12(5): Reason For Decline In Students At Akaitcho Hall
Question 212-12(5): Reason For Decline In Students At Akaitcho Hall
Item 5: Oral Questions

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Madam Speaker

Thank you. Item 5, oral questions. The honourable Member for Deh Cho, Mr. Gargan.

Question 213-12(5): Factors In Closure Of Akaitcho Hall
Item 5: Oral Questions

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Samuel Gargan Deh Cho

Thank you, Madam Speaker. I would like to follow up on Mr. Whitford's question with regard to the decline of students going to Akaitcho Hall. I didn't hear the Minister say whether it was because students were not allowed to come to Akaitcho Hall that the decline has been created. I would like to ask the Minister if one of the factors -- the decline in Akaitcho Hall numbers -- is as a result of students not being allowed to come to Yellowknife.

Question 213-12(5): Factors In Closure Of Akaitcho Hall
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Madam Speaker

Thank you. Minister of Education, Culture and Employment Programs, Mr. Nerysoo.

Return To Question 213-12(5): Factors In Closure Of Akaitcho Hall
Question 213-12(5): Factors In Closure Of Akaitcho Hall
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Richard Nerysoo Mackenzie Delta

Thank you, Madam Speaker. With the increasing number of community programs, in other words high school programs and high schools that are being established, we are seeing a reduced number of those students who used to come to Yellowknife for high school. For instance, in Kitikmeot, you have many students now deciding to stay in the Kitikmeot, both in Cambridge Bay and Coppermine, along with some of the students who are attending other high school programs in their communities. Those students in Rankin Inlet, Arviat, Baker Lake and now Coral Harbour used to attend this high school. Many of those students do not come back now to this high school because of those programs. That is generally the biggest reason as to why students are not returning to Yellowknife.

Return To Question 213-12(5): Factors In Closure Of Akaitcho Hall
Question 213-12(5): Factors In Closure Of Akaitcho Hall
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Madam Speaker

Thank you. Item 5, oral questions. The honourable Member for Yellowknife North, Mr. Ballantyne.

Question 214-12(5): Minister's Commitment To Provide Excellence In Education
Item 5: Oral Questions

February 25th, 1994

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Michael Ballantyne Yellowknife North

Thank you, Madam Speaker. My question is to the Minister of Education. The Standing Committee on Finance has made excellence in education a primary focus. It will take vision and political courage to move towards that goal. Is the Minister prepared to meet with communities, school boards, administrators and teachers to provide that courage and vision and challenge the system to provide nothing less than the best education system in the country here in the Northwest Territories?

Question 214-12(5): Minister's Commitment To Provide Excellence In Education
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Madam Speaker

Thank you. Minister of Education, Culture and Employment Programs, Mr. Nerysoo.

Return To Question 214-12(5): Minister's Commitment To Provide Excellence In Education
Question 214-12(5): Minister's Commitment To Provide Excellence In Education
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Richard Nerysoo Mackenzie Delta

Thank you, Madam Speaker. Yes. I think the honourable Member pointed out yesterday, from the statement that I made regarding the matter of student achievement, that we do take the matter of excellence of educational programming seriously. We also take seriously the advice that has been given by the standing committee. From the most recent meeting with the Nunavut divisional board chairs, they see the whole matter of education as being primary and important. All of the programming we offer needs to be, not necessarily of quantity, but rather quality, quality, quality.

Return To Question 214-12(5): Minister's Commitment To Provide Excellence In Education
Question 214-12(5): Minister's Commitment To Provide Excellence In Education
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Madam Speaker

Thank you. Supplementary, Mr. Ballantyne.

Supplementary To Question 214-12(5): Minister's Commitment To Provide Excellence In Education
Question 214-12(5): Minister's Commitment To Provide Excellence In Education
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Michael Ballantyne Yellowknife North

Thank you, Madam Speaker. I thank the Minister for that response. The Minister will recognize there is a lot of frustration now in communities about the standard of education. There will be a tendency for people to blame the department, teachers or principals. The standing committee's observation is that approach is counterproductive. We have to all pull together, recognize that we have a problem and move towards a solution. Does the Minister agree that that type of proactive approach, without looking for scapegoats, is the most productive way to achieve these goals?