May 9, 2019 10:48 am
Updated: May 9, 2019 5:37 pm

New Brunswick to review education, keep entry point for immersion: minister

WATCH: New Brunswick's Tory government says it will conduct a broad review of the province's education system that will include a plan to deliver French second-language programming. Morganne Campbell has more.

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New Brunswick’s Tory government says it will conduct a broad review of the province’s education system that will include a plan to deliver French second-language programming.

Education Minister Dominic Cardy announced the review today and also confirmed that Grade 1 will remain the entry point for French immersion when the new school year begins in September.

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Cardy says consultations over the last several months have revealed challenges with the province’s education system that go beyond the immersion entry point, saying they “exist throughout the entire system.”

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Some of these challenges include classroom composition, student engagement and graduating future-ready learners.

He also says the current system is failing to graduate bilingual students. In January, Auditor General Kim MacPherson questioned the effectiveness of the province’s French immersion program.

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Cardy says a summit is planned this fall by the province’s francophone and anglophone school systems to seek ideas about how to transform the overall education system.

It will be preceded by the release of a green paper on education, and the public will be asked for input on all aspects of the education system and challenges affecting the classroom.

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