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More funding for classrooms and teaching, not for administration and accounting

Thu, 2015-02-26 15:25

British Columbia has one of the best education systems in the world – our students consistently rank near the top in international assessments.

B.C. students step up to shut down bullying

Wed, 2015-02-25 12:15

The steps of the legislature welcomed the sounds and stories of students taking a stand against bullying as they took part in a Pink Shirt Day variety show today.

Water Sustainability Act protects B.C.’s precious resource

Mon, 2015-02-23 13:31

When it comes into force next year, British Columbia’s new Water Sustainability Act (WSA) will ensure our water is properly regulated, protected and conserved for future generations. It will do this by, among other things, regulating groundwater for the first time, knowing how much water is being used and ensuring our streams and waterways remain healthy. And in times of drought, the new law allows government to step in to ensure water is first used to preserve human life and food production.

New elementary school opens on first day of Chinese New Year

Thu, 2015-02-19 13:45

It was double-happiness at Mar Jok Elementary school today, as students and staff, along with representatives from the Central Okanagan board of education and the District of West Kelowna, celebrated the official opening of their school on the first day of the Chinese New Year.

Abbotsford weaves Aboriginal culture into second agreement

Tue, 2015-02-17 18:15

After two years of dedicated consultation and dialogue, the Abbotsford school district signed their second Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement today.

New Westminster families celebrate the opening of new school

Thu, 2015-02-12 19:15

École Qayqayt Elementary was filled with excited families today as they celebrated two special occasions in their community — the official opening of the new $23.8-million school and their first Neighbourhood Learning Centre (NLC).

Minister Fassbender’s statement on Safer Internet Day

Mon, 2015-02-09 14:00

Minister of Education Peter Fassbender issued the following statement in recognition of Safer Internet Day:

Feedback to guide direction of scholarships and awards program

Tue, 2015-02-03 09:30

For nearly 30 years, students in B.C. have been able to earn scholarships and awards to help continue their studies beyond high school.

Teachers and students to benefit from new innovation strategy

Thu, 2015-01-29 13:35

A new partnership and strategy will ensure B.C. teachers have greater latitude, support and encouragement to try new, innovative teaching practices, Education Minister Peter Fassbender announced today at the B.C. Focus on Learning forum at the Wosk Center for Dialogue.

Northern B.C. students Stand Up! to ERASE bullying

Fri, 2015-01-16 09:45

The Prince George Civic Centre is buzzing today with more than 300 grades 8-12 students celebrating what’s been done to prevent bullying and other harmful behaviours in the north.

New Giscome Elementary celebrates official opening

Fri, 2015-01-16 09:15

The New Year brought a celebration to the Prince George school district with the opening of Giscome Elementary school and the adjoining East Line activity centre.

2015: The year of the BC Training and Education Savings Grant

Mon, 2015-01-12 11:15

As proud parents welcome the first babies of the New Year, all families are reminded that there is no better time than 2015 to start saving for their children’s future.

New schools and upgrades completed, more on the way

Tue, 2015-01-06 08:30

Welding, drilling and hammering – all were familiar sounds in many school districts as construction crews completed numerous capital and seismic projects in 2014.

Education forum to be all about learning

Mon, 2015-01-05 11:00

For British Columbia to remain a leading jurisdiction on the international stage, our education system must be innovative and flexible to respond to the unique needs of students in a rapidly changing world.

B.C.’s six-year student completion rates continue to climb

Mon, 2014-12-29 08:30

More B.C. students are graduating than ever before, especially Aboriginal and special needs students, according to the latest data on student completion.

Final ratification of new agreements for education support staff

Sat, 2014-12-20 09:30

All districts and unions representing education support staff that signed on under the provincial framework agreement negotiated this summer now have ratified agreements in place.

Reborn Rocky Mountain Elementary celebrated

Fri, 2014-12-12 13:00

A community celebration was held today to mark the completion of a major restoration for Rocky Mountain Elementary school after fire caused extensive damage.

Province and trustees recommit to co-operative path forward

Fri, 2014-12-05 10:00

In recognition of the importance of a strong, co-governed public education system, Education Minister Peter Fassbender and the BC School Trustees Association (BCSTA) have recommitted to a co-operative and co-ordinated partnership.

Adult upgrading courses supported by grants for low-income learners

Thu, 2014-12-04 12:15

Improvements to upfront, non-repayable grants will support low-income students enrolling in post-secondary adult upgrading courses, including English as a Second Language (ESL).

Students roaring to go at BC Lions youth summit

Mon, 2014-12-01 10:30

Premier Christy Clark welcomed 122 students from around the province to the BC Lions’ Skills for Life Summit today, and invited them to try their hands at the skills needed for many of tomorrow's in-demand jobs.