Earlier this year, the provincial government launched a comprehensive review of our education system. Led by the Hon. Myra Freeman, the Minister’s Panel on Education is charged with examining all aspects of education in Nova Scotia. Since education formed a significant part of our 2013-2018 Strategic Plan, we drafted a submission to the Panel to get the business community’s views on record. While this is a relatively new issue for us, our conversations with members over the past year have made it clear that our businesses understand that a competitive business environment is about more than tax rates.
Without a top-quality education system, our members would find it difficult to grow and thrive. If we did not have enough skilled workers, we would struggle to attract new companies to the region. If you think long-term, it is clear that improving our education system is closely related with creating a more successful province. Given the importance of this task, we will be watching the outcomes of this review closely. Overall, we are looking for this Panel to:
In the end, we need an education system that places continuous improvement at its core. The last comprehensive review of P-12 education was 25 years ago, a time when VHS and walkmans were still popular. We need a system that can keep up with change, not respond to it decades after the fact. As a province, we need to approach this review as the just the beginning. Building a stronger education system will not be an easy or quick endeavor, but it is one that we feels is fundamentally important to our province’s future.
Eric Blake is the Policy and Research Analyst for the Halifax Chamber of Commerce. His responsibilities include providing supporting research for the Chamber’s policy positions; drafting its submissions to government; and coordinating the Chamber’s two Task Forces and its Energy Committee. Eric studied International Relations and Economics at Mount Allison University before completing a Masters of Public Administration at Queen’s University. He also spent a year traveling New Zealand with his now-wife and came back with a love of meat pies and Kiwis (the animal). He can be reached at (902) 481-1351 or email@example.com.