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Further Return To Question 30-13(8): Addressing The Teacher Shortage
Question 30-13(8): Addressing The Teacher Shortage
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Oral questions. Supplementary, Mr. Ootes.

Supplementary To Question 30-13(8): Addressing The Teacher Shortage
Question 30-13(8): Addressing The Teacher Shortage
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Jake Ootes Yellowknife Centre

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. We all know what the issues are on the table. I am wondering what we are doing in terms of the working conditions for our teachers, like class size, administrative support, resources and that sort of thing. What I want to know, is are we looking at that and are we comparing it to what teachers in other jurisdictions are getting? Thank you.

Supplementary To Question 30-13(8): Addressing The Teacher Shortage
Question 30-13(8): Addressing The Teacher Shortage
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Thank you. Mr. Miltenberger.

Further Return To Question 30-13(8): Addressing The Teacher Shortage
Question 30-13(8): Addressing The Teacher Shortage
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Michael Miltenberger Thebacha

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Given the fact that we are in the process of negotiation in good faith with the teachers and this whole process is on its way to mediation and that the question that my colleague has asked was framed within the context of those negotiations, I am not able to reply specifically to that issue. Thank you.

Further Return To Question 30-13(8): Addressing The Teacher Shortage
Question 30-13(8): Addressing The Teacher Shortage
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Oral questions. Final supplementary, Mr. Ootes.

Supplementary To Question 30-13(8): Addressing The Teacher Shortage
Question 30-13(8): Addressing The Teacher Shortage
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Jake Ootes Yellowknife Centre

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Part of our program is the Teacher Education Program that we run here in the Territories that I believe is having some success. Naturally we want to build on that. I am wondering if the Minister can tell me what we are doing to promote that particular program because that has been touted as the principle means of us solving some of our problems here in the North and I think that is correct. Could the Minister tell me if they are initiating a program to promote that particular program in a more concerted effort?

Supplementary To Question 30-13(8): Addressing The Teacher Shortage
Question 30-13(8): Addressing The Teacher Shortage
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Mr. Miltenberger.

Further Return To Question 30-13(8): Addressing The Teacher Shortage
Question 30-13(8): Addressing The Teacher Shortage
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Michael Miltenberger Thebacha

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. The Teacher Education Program is a very important program. There was a strategic plan done under the wise direction of the former Minister of Education now, the Minister of Finance, Mr. Dent, that laid out some of the issues that we are trying to deal with as well. It is the intent of the government, the Department of Education, along with the support of the Members, for example, to move towards degree granting, so that we can, in fact, get degreed teachers in the North, which is the goal. The diploma is the first step, but in actual fact the long range desired goal would be to have all our teachers be degreed teachers in the Northwest Territories. There are things being done to try and address that particular issue. Thank you.

Further Return To Question 30-13(8): Addressing The Teacher Shortage
Question 30-13(8): Addressing The Teacher Shortage
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Oral questions. Mr. Erasmus.

Question 31-13(8): Addressing Special Needs In NWT Schools
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Roy Erasmus Yellowknife North

Thank you. Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister responsible for Education, Culture and Employment. Earlier this year the Minister had met with the chairs from each of the NWTs Education Councils. There was a three day meeting that focused on the Report of the Minister's Forum on Education. The Minister had indicated at the time that special needs topped the list of issues that the chairs felt needed immediate attention. Also, that they were going to be getting together later on. What I am wondering is has the Minister implemented anything to address this need that was identified as the major area that needs attention? Thank you.

Question 31-13(8): Addressing Special Needs In NWT Schools
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

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

Return To Question 31-13(8): Addressing Special Needs In Nwt Schools
Question 31-13(8): Addressing Special Needs In NWT Schools
Item 6: Oral Questions

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Michael Miltenberger Thebacha

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. The issue of special needs is probably one of the most important priorities that we are trying to address. I would like to point out to the honourable Member that we continue to work within the budget that was approved by this Assembly, but we are attempting to do things like this Best Practices document that I will be tabling later today to help bring teachers together and make schools aware of the innovative things that are being done across the Northwest Territories. We will be having a follow up meeting in early October in Rae with all the board chairs as a second step of our initial meeting to try move ahead and discuss further some of these issues.

Return To Question 31-13(8): Addressing Special Needs In Nwt Schools
Question 31-13(8): Addressing Special Needs In NWT Schools
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Oral questions. Supplementary, Mr. Erasmus.

Supplementary To Question 31-13(8): Addressing Special Needs In Nwt Schools
Question 31-13(8): Addressing Special Needs In NWT Schools
Item 6: Oral Questions

September 9th, 1999

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Roy Erasmus Yellowknife North

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. It is a little difficult to hear the Minister. There is a bit of noise on this side of the House. Did the Minister indicate that he does not have any new money to put into the special needs area?

Supplementary To Question 31-13(8): Addressing Special Needs In Nwt Schools
Question 31-13(8): Addressing Special Needs In NWT Schools
Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Samuel Gargan

Mr. Miltenberger.