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Further Return To Question 92-13(7): Veracity Of Budget Statement
Question 92-13(7): Veracity Of Budget Statement
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Sorry, Mr. Morin. You did ask three questions. Oral questions. Mrs. Groenewegen.

Question 93-13(7): Grade Extension Policy
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Jane Groenewegen Hay River

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Education, Culture and Employment. Mr. Miltenberger should be very pleased that after so few days in Cabinet he is by far the most popular Cabinet Minister. Mr. Speaker, Mr. Miltenberger made a very categorical statement just a few moments ago in response to Mr. Erasmus' questions about grade extensions. He stated that he would have no intent of reopening Akaitcho Hall under any circumstances. Mr. Speaker, I think that grade extensions in communities where people want them and where they succeed is a noble goal and I am just amazed by the Minister's categorical dismissal of any consideration for students in small communities ever coming into larger centres again.

It is not difficult to figure out that you could not possibly offer the same options for courses and things like sports and extracurricular activities in a community of 400 that you could offer in a community of 7,000, just as Yellowknife with 17,000 may not offer all the educational extracurricular options of a community of 40,000 people. It is all relative to the population. I do understand that there is a community that is asking for the reinstatement of some form of what we had before. Certainly all the people in the north that I know that attended Grandin or Akaitcho, people who are 40-something and 50-something, you hear them speak of that particular educational experience in a very positive light. So my question is, I am curious why the Minister is so definitive in his denial of any consideration on the part of this government of such a program again? Thank you.

Question 93-13(7): Grade Extension Policy
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

The Minister of Education, Culture and Employment, Mr. Miltenberger.

Return To Question 93-13(7): Grade Extension Policy
Question 93-13(7): Grade Extension Policy
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Michael Miltenberger Thebacha

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, my recollection of what I said is that I am not contemplating, at any point, reopening Akaitcho Hall. I am not denying students from smaller communities the right to come to larger communities to go to school in other circumstances. Am I, as a Minister, thinking of resurrecting Akaitcho Hall in the magnitude that it was in its heyday with the cost and all the attendant issues now surrounding residential schools? No, I am not. Will there come a day when there is a huge ground swell of support in the Northwest Territories to resurrect residential schools like Akaitcho Hall, like Grollier Hall, like Breynat Hall. If that day ever comes and I am still alive to see it, then I am sure the government will take a serious look at it, but I can tell you at this point I am not interested in trying to revive the old system of residential schools. Thank you.

Return To Question 93-13(7): Grade Extension Policy
Question 93-13(7): Grade Extension Policy
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Oral questions. Supplementary. Mrs. Groenewegen.

Supplementary To Question 93-13(7): Grade Extension Policy
Question 93-13(7): Grade Extension Policy
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Jane Groenewegen Hay River

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I think the Minister would probably agree that there is a vast difference between taking a child of six or seven years of age away from their parents and picking them up at the beginning of the school year and dropping them off at Christmas. I think there is a vast difference between that scenario, as a residential school, than some of the high school options that we saw available in years gone by. Does the Minister have any statistics that show how grade extensions are doing? Do they work better in terms of achievement and graduation than children, say of the age of 16, going to a larger center and completing their high school in a larger center if that was their choice and their option? Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Supplementary To Question 93-13(7): Grade Extension Policy
Question 93-13(7): Grade Extension Policy
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Mr. Miltenberger.

Further Return To Question 93-13(7): Grade Extension Policy
Question 93-13(7): Grade Extension Policy
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Michael Miltenberger Thebacha

Mr Speaker, I do know that the rates of students going to school has increased. Although graduation rates are not where we like them, grade extensions have shown an improvement in young people attending school and staying in school. I do not have the level of detail that the Member is requesting. I will commit to providing that information for her. Thank you.

Further Return To Question 93-13(7): Grade Extension Policy
Question 93-13(7): Grade Extension Policy
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Oral questions. Supplementary. Mrs. Groenewegen.

Supplementary To Question 93-13(7): Grade Extension Policy
Question 93-13(7): Grade Extension Policy
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Jane Groenewegen Hay River

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, would the Minister be prepared to provide the House with evidence of increased attendance rates in the small communities where the grade extensions have been put in place? Thank you,

Mr. Speaker.

Supplementary To Question 93-13(7): Grade Extension Policy
Question 93-13(7): Grade Extension Policy
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Mr. Miltenberger.

Further Return To Question 93-13(7): Grade Extension Policy
Question 93-13(7): Grade Extension Policy
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Michael Miltenberger Thebacha

Yes, I would, Mr. Speaker.

Further Return To Question 93-13(7): Grade Extension Policy
Question 93-13(7): Grade Extension Policy
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Oral questions. Mr. Erasmus.

Question 94-13(7): School Extension Programs
Item 6: Oral Questions

April 21st, 1999

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Roy Erasmus Yellowknife North

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. My question is for the Minister of Education, Culture and Employment. To follow up on the grade extensions, Mr. Speaker, some years back I had an opportunity to attend the Thebacha Campus in Fort Smith and take the business administration program. The courses that you could take were very limited. Two years later, I went to Lethbridge University. I took the same program but I could take all kinds of different courses. I had a very good selection of courses to take, better qualified teachers with masters, some with doctorates, whereas there had not been any in Thebacha College. I am not saying that is the case with the teachers, that they are better qualified.

However, I certainly see the similarity in the types of courses that they are able to offer in a small school in relation to some place like Yellowknife or even Fort Smith or Hay River, the larger schools. What I would like to know is, do we fund the Western Arctic Leadership Program in any way? Thank you.

Question 94-13(7): School Extension Programs
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

The Minister of Education, Culture and Employment, Mr. Miltenberger.