Education

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Adult learning

BC NDP

Increase eligibility for the BC Access Grant.
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BC Liberals

  • Create a Work Experience for Students programme with the federal govt.
  • Streamline registrations and credentialing for apprenticeship training.
  • Bring trades competency into the K-12 system.
  • Have secondary school trades programme begin credentialling earlier.
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Class size & composition


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Funding for public education

BC Greens

Work with education partners on a long-term plan to improve per-student funding.

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Meal programmes

BC NDP

Work with school districts to create local school meal programmes based on district data and priorities, focused on locally grown food.

BC Greens

Create a $25 million fund for school districts to develop food programmes for their schools.

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Mental health and schools

BC NDP

Invest in mental health supports for students and staff.
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BC Liberals

Increase mental health supports in public secondary schools, such as registered psychiatric nurses.
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BC Greens

Provide $24 million in new funding to enhance the number of counsellors in schools, starting in the current school year.
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New schools

BC Liberals

Build new schools throughout the province, and expand new school construction in areas with rapid population growth.
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Post-secondary

BC NDP

Conduct a funding review of post-secondary education operating grants to make sure post-secondary institutions are aligned for economic recovery and student success.
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BC Greens

Double the funding for the BC Access Grant to help support post-secondary part-time students and those enrolled in multi-year programs.
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Racism and reconciliation

BC Greens

Develop and implement a province-wide plan to address racism in schools, and commit to additional, ongoing funding to deepen the work of reconciliation and Indigenous education across K-12.
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School infrastructure

BC NDP

  • Expand the Playground Fund to more schools.
  • Invest in school infrastructure focusing on meeting seismic requirements and climate change and energy efficiency standards.
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BC Liberals

Upgrade K-12 facilities and ensure they are properly equipped.
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Schools and COVID

BC NDP

  • Install new ventilation systems, plexiglass barriers in key areas, and comprehensive cleaning stations.
  • Ensure more hours of cleaning in all schools.
  • Fast-track improvements to online and remote learning.

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BC Liberals

  • Implement a province-wide framework for hybrid and online learning options.
  • Promote distance learning programmes.
  • Restore $12 million of funding for Independent Distributed Learning programmes.
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BC Greens

  • Fund operating grants for school districts at the same level as 2019/2020, so that lower enrolment during COVID doesn't result in less funding.
  • Maintain additional COVID funding for PPE & online learning.
  • Give every school the resources to develop remote & hybrid learning options.
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School tuition

BC NDP

  • Strengthen existing Tuition Fee Limit Policy to make sure institutions don't increase fees beyond prescribed limits.
  • Expand tuition waivers to all former youth in care, regardless of age.
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BC Liberals

Adopt the disclosure-requirements of the UK Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills, to ensure all BC students know, before they register, the total costs of a programme, the graduation rate, and employment rate.
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Special learning needs

BC Liberals

  • Increase supports and earlier assessments for identifying learning needs.
  • Provide school instruction that meets diverse learning needs.
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