Nunavut MLA calls for more English instruction in math classes

June 4, 2014

A Nunavut MLA has suggested the territory amend its Language of Instruction Regulations in order for math to be taught using more English. Education models under the current regulations require that 85–90% of instruction in Grades K–3 be delivered in an Inuit language, but MLA Joe Savikataaq is concerned that children are not getting a solid math foundation. According to Savikataaq, “education officials have noted that subjects such as mathematics cannot be taught in the Inuit language due to the lack of terminology.” Education Minister Paul Quassa responded that MLAs will review the Education Act and its language regulations, possibly considering math separately from other subjects. Other Inuktitut-speaking jurisdictions have made similar amendments; in 2011 Nunavik’s Kativik School Board began including English instruction in math classes in grades 1-3. Nunatsiaq Online