A Quality Education System that is the Foundation of a Strong Economy


VISION: A quality education system that is the foundation of a strong economy.

ACTION:

  • We will repeal the Liberal Bill 75 that imposes a contract on teachers, saving taxpayers millions in legal fees.
  • • We will immediately use the $20 million set aside for classroom improvements to hire more Educational Assistants and set hard class caps.
  • • We listened to teachers. We will work with them to make needed classroom improvements in areas like discipline and an enforceable attendance policy.
  • We will end the “no fail” policy once and for all and ensure students meet the expected outcomes to succeed.
  • • We will sign a new Memorandum of Understanding with our universities to get tuition in Nova Scotia back down to the national average.
  • Our plan to put vocational training back in schools will let students choose to begin trades training earlier and graduate with a trades certificate.
  • • We will take money out of the boardrooms and put it in the classrooms by reviewing school board governance.
  • • A PC government will harness the knowledge and resources already in Nova Scotia by requiring universities to focus on innovation and job creation.
  • We will replace the Graduate Retention Rebate that was cut by the McNeil Liberals.

We all want the next generation of Nova Scotians to have to best chance to succeed. As Progressive Conservatives, we understand that a quality education system and a strong economy go hand-in-hand.

Our education system needs real action. That’s why we will use the $20 million the Liberals set aside for a committee and invest it directly in classrooms. We’ll hire more Educational Assistants and put hard class caps in place.

We will work with teachers to improve learning conditions with an enforceable attendance policy, real discipline policy and by scrapping the “no fail” policy. Putting vocational training back in our schools offers students more options for a prosperous future. Under our plan, students can choose to begin trades training earlier and graduate with a trades certificate. Holding a high school trades certificate will shorten the time and training required to complete certification at Nova Scotia Community College.

To support new and high-paying jobs, we will require universities to focus on innovation and job creation opportunities. A PC government will encourage more applied research on Nova Scotia’s economic and social opportunities, job market needs and commercialization of research and intellectual property development.

A Progressive Conservative government will help young Nova Scotians stay in the province and find work by replacing the Graduate Retention Rebate that was cancelled by the Liberal government.

To make Nova Scotia an easier place to earn a quality education and to make our province more attractive to newcomers, we will enter into a new Memorandum of Understanding with our universities so we can get tuition back down to the national average.