September 27th, 2013 | Comments (0)
A pilot program to address the impact of poverty on early learners has been launched at several primary schools in Oshawa. Durham District School Board Oshawa Trustee Lary Jacula says the “Make a Difference” program is about making sure all kids have the same opportunities and are on par with each other when they start school. Jacula explains a number of smaller programs will be added into the schools such as breakfast and nutrition programs, vision, dental and hearing screenings, an on-going focus group and service centres. The goal is to eventually implement the program into all schools in the region.
September 25th, 2013 | Comments (0)
A petition with more than 250 signatures is making its way around UOIT calling for lower tuition fees for international students. Supporters say that since 2009, undergraduate fees have increased by 19 per cent and for graduates it’s gone up by 37 per cent. Third year student Jesse Cullen says they’re launching the petition online. A general meeting is being held Wednesday afternoon. Everyone is welcome to stop by the second floor of the Student Centre in the lounge at 4:30 p.m.
September 20th, 2013 | Comments (0)
Numbers from the latest education quality and accountably office provincial tests are out and both the Durham District and Catholic school boards are pleased with the findings. A vast majority of the grade three and six students were at or above the provincial standard for reading and writing, but there was a drop off in math. Superintendent of program services for the Durham District School Board Luigia Ayotte says math is always an issue. Durham District Catholic School Board grade three students were near or above the average pass rate in all categories while the grade sixes excelled with only 20 percent failing to reach the standard in reading and writing. These results were collective data showing the percentage of students that met or exceeded the standards. Next week EQAO will release individual student results.
September 12th, 2013 | Comments (0)
Trustees of the Toronto District School Board will be teaming up with police and other officials to work towards improving traffic safety in school zones. The move comes after 14-year-old Violet Liang was killed by a large truck on the first day of school while crossing the street. One councillor has suggested traffic restrictions around school zones during peak walking times.
September 11th, 2013 | Comments (0)
Enrollment at Ontario colleges is at its highest level ever. Around 180,000 students applied to full-time programs – that’s a jump of 18 per cent since five years ago. President and CEO of Colleges Ontario Linda Franklin says they’re continuing to work with businesses to bring the right skills to students. Franklin says numbers are growing because it’s getting harder for students to get jobs with just a high school diploma. Meanwhile, Canadian students shouldn’t expect relief anytime soon on the cost of post-secondary education. The left-leaning Canadian Centre for policy alternatives predicts the cost of an undergrad degree will climb an average of 8.6 per cent over the next four years. The report shows that in 1990, the inflation-adjusted cost of tuition and other fees, nothing books, food and accommodations – averaged $2200 across the country.
September 8th, 2013 | Comments (0)
A second Canadian university is being investigated, following reports of a frosh week chant endorsing non-consensual sex. A statement on the University of British Columbia website says it’s taking allegations ”very seriously” that the chants were made on one or more buses taking U-B-C Commerce Undergraduate Society students to different events. The incident at U-B-C follows a similar incident at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, where a video posted on Instagram showed students chanting about the sexual assault of underage girls
September 5th, 2013 | Comments (0)
It was ten years ago the University of Ontario Institute of Technology first opened its door in Durham. The university celebrated the milestone, complete with special presentations, historical reflections and a look toward UOIT’s future at an event on Wednesday. VP of External Relations, Sue McGovern, says the campus is continuing to grow. McGovern says the university is building bridges with colleges across the province, making it easier for students to transfer over and get a degree.
September 3rd, 2013 | Comments (0)
Drivers aren’t the only ones getting reminders from police. Kids are being encouraged to be extra careful when they’re out, especially crossing the street following the death of a student Tuesday morning. Durham Police Sergeant Jeff Galipeau says it’s important to cross at designated intersections and keep your head up. He says it’s dangerous to have your headphones in with the music up or to be looking at an electronic device while crossing the street. Galipeau adds if you’re on a bike not only is a helmet a good idea, it’s the law. Concussions can occur easily and a helmet could save your life. Another reminder; it’s also mandatory to dismount your bike before crossing the street.
August 29th, 2013 | Comments (0)
The numbers don’t seem to be adding up when it comes to the amount of Grade 6 students who are not up to the provincial standard in math. EQAO results were released on Wednesday, and nearly one-fifth of Grade 6 students were not up to par when it came to math skills. Education Minister Liz Sandals says elementary school teachers may need more professional development as many come from an arts background and may not been as comfortable teaching math as they are reading and writing. There was some positive news as well, literacy skills are improving with about three-quarters of Grade 3 and Grade 6 students meeting Ontario’s writing standard.
President of OSSTF says only eight of more than 40 school boards have implemented new contracts for teachers
August 16th, 2013 | Comments (0)
Local school boards are being accused of dragging their feet on finalizing new agreements with teachers. President of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation, Paul Elliot, says his members are upset with the situation because only eight of the more than 40 school boards have implemented the new contract. He does add that the delay won’t impact students returning to class. According to Education Minister Liz Sandals expects the deals will be in place by September 30th. She says $160 million in funding has been made available to help them along.
August 15th, 2013 | Comments (0)
As kids head back to school next month, teachers are hoping new conract talks will be a success. The President of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, Sam Hammond, says teachers are a force to be reckoned with if their rights are attacked during bargaining again next year. Elementary and secondary unions agreed to deals with the province earlier this year, after months of labour disturbances.
August 13th, 2013 | Comments (0)
Members of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario have approved of the job their president has done during some trying times. Members re-elected Sam Hammond at the union’s annual meeting in Toronto on Monday. Hammond has served as president since 2009. Hammond led the 76,000 member union’s fight against Bill 115, which imposed contracts with a two-year wage freeze. Susan Swackhammer, who teaches in the Grand Erie District School Board, was voted in as vice-president by the 800 delegates.