The Minister’s Panel on Education has outlined how it will ensure all Nova Scotians can participate in the review of the education system.
“We are now one month into the review process and have been very busy designing ways that will give everyone – from individual parents and students, to groups and organizations – multiple opportunities to express their opinion,” said panel chair Myra Freeman.
“We want to ensure every person, community, organization and business can participate in the process.”
The panel’s plans include:
— launching an online survey
— inviting written submissions via email and mail
— gathering responses on Twitter
— creating a guide that can be used to facilitate discussion and input from youth.
“The views of all Nova Scotians are of critical importance and each completed survey and submission will be carefully considered,” said Ms. Freeman.
The survey will be launched in April and will be available on the Education and Early Childhood Development website.
The Minister’s Panel on Education was named by Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey on Feb. 19 to find out what Nova Scotians think is working and what needs improvement in the education system.
Ms. Casey has also established a Partner’s Advisory Group of diverse organizations and educational partners, including those representing students, families, teachers, school boards, universities, African Nova Scotians, First Nations, and Acadians. These members will represent their organizations, respond to panel requests as needed, and provide context for the development of options and recommendations later in the process.
The panel will gather the public’s opinions on the education system and prepare a report that outlines the concerns and priorities identified by Nova Scotians. The report is due in October 2014.