Auditor general’s report says education gap widening in MB

January 27, 2016

A new report by the auditor general of Manitoba suggests that government programs and spending meant to address the Indigenous education gap are not working. Auditor General Norm Ricard notes that the gap has actually widened, with 55% of Indigenous students graduating high school in 2015 compared to 57% in 2010. The graduation rate for non-Aboriginal students in the province is 96%. According to the audit, the government has failed to identify specific barriers to success experienced by Indigenous students and did not provide clear directions to school divisions about their role in improving Indigenous education. In addition, the report indicates that per-student funding is much lower than in other provinces. Ricard’s report makes 19 recommendations including establishing measureable short- and long-term targets and providing more support to schools and teachers. The audit was conducted between September 2014 and June 2015 and therefore did not account for recent funding and support announcements by the province. Winnipeg Free Press (1) | Winnipeg Free Press (2) | Full Report