Aboriginal graduation gap in MB has widened, says new report

January 25, 2016

A recent report by Manitoba Auditor General Norm Ricard has investigated the changes in the Aboriginal education gap in the province and found that rather than closing, the gap has widened. Despite a plan in 2004 to close the graduation rate gap, about 55% of Aboriginal students graduate high school on time, as opposed to 96% of non-Aboriginal high school students. The report recommends that the Department of Education and Advanced Learning “provide more leadership in guiding and coordinating the efforts of its partner departments and the school divisions,” and outlines potential recommendations to the planning, monitoring, and reporting process used in the department. The report also recommends strengthening the financial and human resources currently in place for Aboriginal education. Winnipeg Free Press | MB Auditor General