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NORTEP students protest provincial funding cuts in northern Saskatchewan

Students from the Northern Teacher Education Program (NORTEP) in Saskatchewan were at the legislature protesting provincial funding cuts on Wednesday. David Baxter / Global News

About a dozen students from the Northern Teacher Education Program (NORTEP) in Saskatchewan were at the legislature on Wednesday, protesting provincial funding cuts they say will hurt learning opportunities in the north.

Amie Bell is a third-year student in the La Ronge-based program and said it’s special because it gives northerners a chance to study close to home.

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Bell noted that 94 per cent of the 455 graduates from the program stay in the north.

The program allows residents from more than 45 northern communities to take classes towards a Bachelor of Education.

Its annual budget is about $4.7 million, of which $3.4 million comes from the province.

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The province is cutting its share, saying it is consolidating post-secondary education in the north.

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