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April 25, 2012
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Island schools to offer new courses in Agriculture

Education and Early Childhood Development

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High school students in Prince Edward Island will soon have access to new science courses in agriculture, says Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Allan McIsaac.

“Completely updated courses in Agriscience and Animal Science will provide Island students with a deep understanding of all aspects of this dominant industry in our provincial economy,” said Minister McIsaac. “Students will have an opportunity to learn about agriculture through a Prince Edward Island lens, and then apply this knowledge nationally and globally.”

Agriculture and agriscience courses have undergone curriculum and resource renewal to reflect more current agricultural practices in Prince Edward Island. The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development now offers two provincial agriculture courses. Approximately 400 high school students enrol in these science courses every year.

The department formed an Agriculture Curriculum Committee during the 2010/2011 school year to renew the curricula of the Agriscience and Animal Science courses. Renewed curricula have been written, and both Agriscience and Animal Science courses are currently being piloted during the 2011/2012 school year. Students will use laptops and wireless technology to access relevant Canadian agriculture information to support student learning to meet course outcomes.

“Existing curriculum guides for agriculture courses were between ten and thirty years old, so it was important to renew the information to provide students with modern material,” said Minster McIsaac. “The new course material provides Canadian and Island content.”

High schools participating in the pilot this year include Bluefield, Westisle, Kinkora and Kensington. The new agriculture course offerings will be implemented province wide for students in grades 10 to 12 in September 2012.

Media Contact: Laura Steeves
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