Education and Early Childhood Development
April 15, 2019

The following statement was given today in the House of Assembly by the Honourable Al Hawkins, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development:

Minister Hawkins Provides Update on Mathematics Bursary Program

Mr. Speaker, I rise today in this Honourable House to provide an update on the K-6 Mathematics Bursary Program.

Last year we announced $40,000 annually for the program to encourage university level teacher participation and enhanced learning in K-6 mathematics content and instructional practices.

I am pleased to report that there has been a great interest throughout the province from school administrators, classroom teachers and specialists looking to enhance their knowledge and skills in mathematics.

The department has also received positive feedback from teachers and specialists that have taken advantage of the bursary program.

One mathematics program specialist wrote to say, ‘I would strongly recommend the Mathematics Bursary Program to a colleague as it is a wonderful opportunity to enhance your teaching and learning proficiency in the area of mathematics. After completing my course, I definitely walked away with a broader, richer understanding of how to best teach mathematics in a K-6 setting.’

Mr. Speaker, I encourage more eligible teachers and administrators who work with K-6 students, including substitute teachers, to consider availing of the bursary. Applications are being reviewed on a regular basis.

By implementing the recommendations included in the Premier’s Task Force on Improving Educational Outcomes and the Education Action Plan, we are ensuring students receive a high quality education that prepares them to succeed in whatever path they choose.

Thank you Mr. Speaker.

2019 04 15                              1:45 p.m.