Nunavut has ‘two-tier’ education system, Arviat-South MLA claims

Joe Savikataaq zeroes in on disparities between Iqaluit and local community schools for the duration of government’s midterm review

There is inequality in Nunavut’s training technique with Iqaluit possessing additional methods than the relaxation of the communities, Arviat-South MLA Joe Savikataaq says.

“I genuinely believe that Nunavut is heading to a two-tier training technique,” Savikataaq explained Wednesday in the legislative assembly.

He stated pupils in Iqaluit have all the teachers and programs they will need.

“Then you go to the outlying communities and [the resources] are not there,” he stated.

“The education and learning amount is not the similar.”

Savikataaq made the reviews though urgent Training Minister Pamela Gross on the quality of education in Nunavut communities. Savikataaq’s concerns have been principally concentrated on substantial university schooling.

Savikataaq asked Gross what the passing fee for higher faculty examinations was among the Nunavut high school learners outdoors of Iqaluit.

Gross did not have the answer but mentioned her department would work to get it to Savikataaq.

He also questioned Gross to clarify whether or not educational courses these kinds of as science, biology, chemistry and physics are readily available in all neighborhood high educational institutions.

Gross reported educational courses are supplied in Nunavut higher universities and that if a program is not obtainable in human being, it is supplied on the web.

“And that’s accessible to all our students,” she included.

On the other hand, Savikataaq replied that his constituents convey to him normally.

He said that improving upon challenges quite a few Nunavummiut — which include youth — confront, this sort of as qualifying for a career, starts with a suitable education.

“If your academic method are unable to develop students that can go from high university into college or into college or university or into the trades, then the system is not operating,” he explained.

The trade among Savikataaq and Gross happened through the legislative assembly’s midterm mandate overview, which began Nov. 6.

Throughout that time, caucus has reviewed the government’s Katujjiluta mandate. When the federal government outlined the mandate in its 2022 throne speech, it was explained as “a dedication to do the job in unity to manifest the brave desire.”

This week, as the legislative assembly marks its next anniversary and the halfway point in its 4-12 months term, MLAs have been inquiring issues to ministers with regards to the development of the mandate.

Iqaluit-Tasiluk MLA George Hickes suggested to cupboard Wednesday the next mandate report update should really “be a minimal additional actual.”

He extra that he understands promotion and constructive messaging have to have to be provided by cabinet.

“But have some reality in there, that there are worries,” Hickes said of the report.

“It’s not unicorns and rainbows.”