Report highlights gaps in First Nations education

June 5, 2013

According to a 2012 report that was recently released publicly, First Nations schools are struggling to provide an adequate education for Aboriginal students. Specific problems include lower-quality teaching, an inferior curriculum, and improper services for children with special needs. The expected population boom in Aboriginal children—estimated at 15% growth over the next 2 decades—will exacerbate the problem if measures are not taken now to improve conditions. The report also concluded that education opportunities and results are not comparable to off-reserve schools, with only 41% of First Nations youth graduating high school, compared to 77% in the wider population. The report recommended that Aboriginal Affairs do more research into funding allocation methodologies that are "equitable to provincial approaches, while at the same time accounting for cost realities on reserve." CBC | AADNC Report