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Supplementary To Question 90-13(7): Recruitment And Retention Of Teachers
Question 90-13(7): Recruitment And Retention Of Teachers
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Mr. Miltenberger.

Further Return To Question 90-13(7): Recruitment And Retention Of Teachers
Question 90-13(7): Recruitment And Retention Of Teachers
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Michael Miltenberger Thebacha

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, the collective bargaining process has been initiated between the government and the NWTTA, which will speak to the issue of benefits and pay. I have met with the department on the issue of retention and recruitment and I am aware, as the Member is, of the trends across the country in terms of the shortage of teachers, the intense competition. I am also aware that the level of applications for positions in the north has dropped. We are also trying to find out why there has been a lowering, as well, of people applying to join the TEP program itself to move towards a teaching degree.

We are taking steps to try to find out, in terms of recruitment and getting people into TEP, into our own teaching programs. We are going to be looking at, as I indicated with the collective bargaining process, the social programs. Ministers are going to be meeting on Monday, hopefully, if it goes as planned, and one of the issues on there for across the government is the issue of housing for professions such as teachers and nurses, to see how we can, in fact, look at that. We are taking steps, we are very cognizant of this issue, we are aware, very clearly, what is happening with the professions of nursing and that we, if trends continue, could be heading in the same direction to the same degree. We would like to be proactive before we get to that level. Thank you.

Further Return To Question 90-13(7): Recruitment And Retention Of Teachers
Question 90-13(7): Recruitment And Retention Of Teachers
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Oral questions. Supplementary, Mr. Ootes.

Supplementary To Question 90-13(7): Recruitment And Retention Of Teachers
Question 90-13(7): Recruitment And Retention Of Teachers
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Jake Ootes Yellowknife Centre

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I appreciate the Minister's effort in that area. I think it is a good indication of the concern by the government. Could the Minister also tell us if they will be addressing the issue of the wages and benefits package during the discussions or meetings that are scheduled? Thank you.

Supplementary To Question 90-13(7): Recruitment And Retention Of Teachers
Question 90-13(7): Recruitment And Retention Of Teachers
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Mr. Miltenberger.

Further Return To Question 90-13(7): Recruitment And Retention Of Teachers
Question 90-13(7): Recruitment And Retention Of Teachers
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Michael Miltenberger Thebacha

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. The issue of wages and benefits will be dealt with through the collective bargaining process that is now underway between the government and the NWTTA and I am not in a position, because it is a bargaining process, to speak to that issue. Thank you.

Further Return To Question 90-13(7): Recruitment And Retention Of Teachers
Question 90-13(7): Recruitment And Retention Of Teachers
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Oral questions. Final supplementary, Mr. Ootes.

Supplementary To Question 90-13(7): Recruitment And Retention Of Teachers
Question 90-13(7): Recruitment And Retention Of Teachers
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Jake Ootes Yellowknife Centre

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. There is an area, I believe, that the government can address and that is the area of working conditions. I wonder if the Minister could address the

issue of class sizes and the diversity of classes? I realize that may involve a money factor, but it is within the control of the department to be able to address the issue, certainly, and do some analysis. Can the Minister tell me if he will look at changing the working conditions? Thank you.

Supplementary To Question 90-13(7): Recruitment And Retention Of Teachers
Question 90-13(7): Recruitment And Retention Of Teachers
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Mr. Miltenberger.

Further Return To Question 90-13(7): Recruitment And Retention Of Teachers
Question 90-13(7): Recruitment And Retention Of Teachers
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Michael Miltenberger Thebacha

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, the issue of working conditions, if my recollection is correct, is also referenced in the ministerial forum and relates, as the Member indicated, to pupil/teacher ratio and such. So, yes, that will be considered as we look at trying to move ahead on responding to those particular recommendations in the forum. Thank you.

Further Return To Question 90-13(7): Recruitment And Retention Of Teachers
Question 90-13(7): Recruitment And Retention Of Teachers
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Oral questions. Mr. Henry.

Question 91-13(7): Education Conditions In The Nwt
Item 6: Oral Questions

April 21st, 1999

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Seamus Henry Yellowknife South

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, my question is to Mr. Miltenberger, the Minister responsible for Education, Culture and Employment. Mr. Speaker, I believe in the NWT we have among the highest pupil/teacher ratio in Canada, we have the highest level of special needs students in Canada, we have the highest level of illiteracy in Canada in our schools, we have the highest dropout rates in Canada and we have the highest suicide rates in Canada. Mr. Speaker, my question to the Minister is, are those statements an accurate reflection of the situations that we have in our schools in the NWT? Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 91-13(7): Education Conditions In The Nwt
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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

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

Return To Question 91-13(7): Education Conditions In The Nwt
Question 91-13(7): Education Conditions In The Nwt
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Michael Miltenberger Thebacha

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I believe I received the same letter from Mr. Sims with the same issues outlined and while I cannot speak directly to each one, I have no reason to doubt them from the briefings we have had as a government and as MLAs in regard to the specific topics mentioned by the Member. I believe, yes, we lag behind every other jurisdiction in Canada in terms of those social indicators. Thank you.

Return To Question 91-13(7): Education Conditions In The Nwt
Question 91-13(7): Education Conditions In The Nwt
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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Oral questions. Supplementary, Mr. Henry.