NDP education critic Sarah Hoffman holds up freedom of information requests that turned up no records. The Opposition requested back-to-school re-entry plan correspondence between Education Minister Adriana LaGrange and school boards, teachers and the media. Photo via Facebook live

NDP renews calls for Alberta gov’t to scrap K-6 draft curriculum

The NDP is once again calling on the Alberta Government to get rid of the new K-6 Draft curriculum.

In a press conference Friday, NDP critic for education Sarah Hoffman said only three school districts have agreed to trial of a small number of subjects and two left it up to individual teachers.

She noted that nearly 95 per cent of school districts in the province, 56 out of 61 have opted not to pilot the UCP curriculum.

“This is a clear rejection,” Hoffman said.

“Let’s be clear: she cannot proceed with a curriculum that has been so clearly and forcefully rejected by Albertans.”

In an email statement Education press secretary Nicole Sparrow said the curriculum needed to be updated and the new draft strikes the right balance.

“It’s been decades since the curriculum was last updated and it’s time Alberta students have a modern curriculum. The draft curriculum focuses on literacy, numeracy, practical skills and knowledge to ensure students have the skills they need both in and outside the classroom… The draft curriculum is just that, a draft,” read the statement.

“All school divisions will be able to provide feedback on the draft curriculum whether they choose to pilot or not. All Albertans, including teachers and parents, are encouraged to provide feedback as we refine the draft curriculum and move to implementation in fall 2022.”

Earlier this week, the Alberta Teachers’ Association said that an Environics poll showed just 17 per cent of Albertans agree that the draft K–6 curriculum will provide students with the knowledge and skills they will need for success.

It also showed 53 per cent who disagree, including 34 per cent who strongly disagree, that the draft will fulfill the government’s stated objective.

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