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WHITEHORSE – The Yukon’s Minister of Education and the education system in general faced a number of issues heading into the 2022/2023 school year. The early results show many of those are getting worse, with more quickly piling up.
Some students who arrived to begin the school year found they did not have a teacher and were sent home. Other students discovered an Educational Assistant at the head of the classroom, leaving vulnerable students without the supports they require.
Communication with the public has been an ongoing area needing improvement by the Minister - and unfortunately, after 16 months the Minister continues to fall behind expectations. That poor record has crept into some schools themselves, as technical issues have resulted in their phone systems not working to begin the year. This is problematic in the case of an emergency where a parent needs to reach their child in a timely manner.
“It’s been a rocky start to the year for some students, as well as the Minister,” said Education Critic Scott Kent. “The Minister has been noticeably absent for the better part of the summer instead of showing leadership and making sure these issues were resolved prior to the start of school. The Minister should be communicating with the Yukon Association of Education Professionals as well as school communities, to outline how and when these issues will be addressed so students, teachers and parents can focus on the education of children.”