The Education budget will increase from $223.9 million in 2004 to $226.3 in 2005.
Program Highlights 2004-2005
The Department of Education oversees and provides funding to the Kindergarten, the 1 - 12
system, post-secondary institutions and lifelong learning.
Approximately 600 students participated in summer tutoring programs. Teachers were trained in best practices in teaching literacy. A new literacy initiative was implemented to help intermediate students improve reading comprehension in math, science, social studies and language arts. This will now be used as a prototype for online professional development for teachers in Atlantic Canada.
Last year, UPEI and Holland College each received additional operating grants of $750,000. Government continued to support the growth and development of UPEI through its ongoing commitment of $25 million to the Building a Legacy campaign.
Government provided direct financial assistance of $7.9 million to 2,250 students through the PEI Student Loan program. This represents an increase of 36 per cent over the previous year.
$2.5 million will be made available for a new school for French first language students in West Prince.
UPEI will receive increased operating funding of $1 million this fiscal year to address rising enrolments and increased operating costs. Holland College will receive an additional $500,000.
In February, Premier Binns named a task force to recommend ways to improve student achievement in Prince Edward Island. The task force will look at how students are achieving and how the education system is performing. They will recommend actions to ensure that students are getting the best education possible to the Minister of Education by September 30, 2005. The work of the task force will be complemented by a new school improvement planning program that will provide timely and reliable data to improve accountability for education outcomes and to improve student achievement.
Government will work with partners this year to develop a strategy to improve literacy and learning in the province.
Although Government remains committed to the new Instructional Staffing Model, it cannot make the progress it wanted, to further implement the model this fiscal year. Government remains committed to achieving the targets of the model. The present teacher complement will be reduced in 2005-2006 in accordance with declining enrolments. The resulting student-teacher ratio will not change from the ratio achieved in the 2004-2005 school year. Other cost savings will be realized through reductions of $615,000 in administrative services and $200,000 in materials and program resources.
Department of Education
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