Spike in school completion rates expected for FNMI students: Eggen
Eggen said although an upward trend is good, it’s still not where he’d like to see FNMI student completion rates
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Alberta’s education minister said rising high school completion rates—specifically for First Nations, Metis and Inuit (FNMI) students— encourages him, and he anticipates numbers to remain on an upward trajectory.
In the 2014-15 school
David Eggen, minister of education for Alberta, said although numbers have slowly been creeping up over the last few years (in 2010-11 they were 42.3 per cent for FNMI students), he expects to see big jumps in numbers from last school year and into this one.
“We’re seeing quite significant increases and we fully expect to see more because of adjustments we’ve made in regards to being more flexible in high school and credit initiatives we’ve set up with colleges around the province,” he said.
Eggen said although an upward trend is good, it’s still not where he’d like to see FNMI student completion rates. He said programs like the Calgary Board of Educations grad coach program for FNMI students are seeing positive results.
“It’s not acceptable, but the trend is up right. There is a range of best practices that are starting to pay off,” he said. “We still have
Right now, Eggen said he’s focused on the things they’re doing right to bring numbers up. He
“If I can see upwards trends in each of those three areas then probably we’ll have a better-educated population that’s more suited to meet the needs of a more diverse economy and that is more resilient,” he said.