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Committee Motion 70-12(7): To Add A New Clause 4.1 To Bill 25
Item 19: Consideration In Committee Of The Whole Of Bills And Other Matters

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The Chair Tony Whitford

Thank you, Mr. Ballantyne. Mr. Minister.

Committee Motion 70-12(7): To Add A New Clause 4.1 To Bill 25
Item 19: Consideration In Committee Of The Whole Of Bills And Other Matters

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Richard Nerysoo Mackenzie Delta

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. For kindergarten, the maximum hours per day are three. I believe the midpoint is 5.25 hours for grades 1 to 6, and the midpoint is 5.5 for grades 7 to 12. In other words, it could go up.

Committee Motion 70-12(7): To Add A New Clause 4.1 To Bill 25
Item 19: Consideration In Committee Of The Whole Of Bills And Other Matters

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The Chair Tony Whitford

Thank you, Mr. Minister. Mr. Ballantyne.

Committee Motion 70-12(7): To Add A New Clause 4.1 To Bill 25
Item 19: Consideration In Committee Of The Whole Of Bills And Other Matters

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Michael Ballantyne Yellowknife North

Okay, then. Basically, what the Minister is saying is that rather than say 190 instructional days, what you will say in section 126 is 190 times three, 190 times 5.25 and 190 times 5.5. Right?

Okay, so that is one issue. The other issue Mr. Koe brought up is a separate issue altogether. It is whether or not, in the legislation, we set the minimum hours or leave it up to the boards to set the minimum hours. That's a philosophical debate. What we thought in the standing committee and what we have heard around this House is that every school in the territories should have a basic minimum standard, and if any school board wants to go higher than that, it's up to them. But that we all, collectively, all of us, the rainbow coalition...

---Laughter

...would set that basic minimum standard. There was some consensus in the committee that we would do that. If there is agreement for that philosophical basis then I don't have a problem with what the Minister is saying, to put it into ours. Because then you have a basic minimum, but you leave to the school board the opportunity to have some flexibility in the number of hours in a day. Thank you.

Committee Motion 70-12(7): To Add A New Clause 4.1 To Bill 25
Item 19: Consideration In Committee Of The Whole Of Bills And Other Matters

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The Chair Tony Whitford

Thank you. I can hardly wait for Hansard tomorrow. Mr. Minister.

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Richard Nerysoo Mackenzie Delta

Mr. Chairman, just so it is clear, maybe what we need to do is give out a copy of the motion so that people can read what we had proposed at 126. It says, if you read it, yes, the Minister shall prescribe...its the suggestion

that we're making and the hours accordingly. In other words, there are no questions about the limitations.

In the authority, then, in 117, on (s), "in accordance with regulations established and advise the Minister the hours for the academic year...." The academic year will, in fact, take into consideration that component. That's what we're trying to do.

Committee Motion 70-12(7): To Add A New Clause 4.1 To Bill 25
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The Chair Tony Whitford

Thank you, Mr. Minister. To the motion. Mr. Koe.

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Fred Koe Inuvik

I would like to get some clarification. In the proposed motion we're saying that there will be a minimum of 190 instructional days. What I heard the Minister say is that if we pass this motion then the standard is set; that the schools will have to or will use 190 as a standard. I believe I heard the Minister say, then, that to go above that there have to be changes to regulations or can they go...The question I'm asking is can they go above the 190 if we set a minimum? Can that be changed by the district or divisional authorities, or are we encasing it in cement here?

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The Chair Tony Whitford

Thank you, Mr. Koe. Mr. Minister.

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Richard Nerysoo Mackenzie Delta

All I can say is what this will obviously do in terms of the hours is be specific about the amount of instruction. I can also say though that it allows...The most flexible part is section 126, that is the most flexible to allow the discussion, but there will be specific hours that are set. There's nothing to suggest that there will be a limitation on adding additional time but it's all a matter of setting the calendar. Once those are combined then you can deal with the issue of the time that our children will be receiving instruction.

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Item 19: Consideration In Committee Of The Whole Of Bills And Other Matters

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The Chair Tony Whitford

Thank you. To the motion. Mr. Koe.

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Fred Koe Inuvik

If that's the case, would it be advisable to put a range like a minimum of 190 and a maximum of 230, for example? Would that give the boards and education authorities flexibility?

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The Chair Tony Whitford

Thank you, Mr. Koe. Mr. Minister.

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Richard Nerysoo Mackenzie Delta

One question: how long is a day?

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Some Hon. Members

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