(Black Press)

One in eight B.C. kids enrolled in independent schools: report

Fraser Institute study finds that public school enrolment is falling

More B.C. parents than ever are sending their kids to independent schools, a Fraser Institute report found.

The think tank’s data shows that independent school enrolment numbers have gone up by 35 per cent over the past 12 years, while public school enrolment has decreased by 12 per cent in the same time period. In the 2014/2015 school year, one in every eight B.C. kids went to an independent school.

B.C. is one of four provinces, including Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Quebec, who partially fund independent schools. Those five provinces have the highest rates of independent school enrolment in Canada.

RELATED: BCTF dispute heading to top court

The union representing public school teacher, the B.C. Teachers’ Federation, has been locked in a legal battle over class size and composition with the B.C. government since 2002. Then-education minister Mike Bernier said the province was committed to working with the union to hire more teachers.

RELATED: 1,100 teachers to be hired in interim staffing deal

The fight, which cost the province $2.6 million in legal fees, ended this winter when the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in the BCTF’s favour.

RELATED: B.C.’s legal battle with teachers’ unions cost $2.6M

hr style=”width:100%;” />

@katslepian

katya.slepian@bpdigital.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Kelowna rental rates remain high

Padmapper has listed Kelowna in the Top 10 most expensive rental markets

UBCO stands up for transgender community

Candlelight vigil to honour transgender people and remember lives lost

Flag person struck by car

Highway 6 is closed between School Road and Park Lane following serious incident

How should Kelowna charge new agriculture customers for water?

That’s the question the city is looking to answer with a new survey as it plans to absorb SEKID

A future vision of a Kelowna neighbourhood

Kelowna city hall presents its latest version of a plan for the Capri-Landmark Centre area

Cancer scanner campaign halfway to its goal

Push on to acquire technology for Southern Interior cancer treatment centre in Kelowna.

Federal funding to combat guns, gangs and opioid crisis

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said illicit drugs are often main cause of guns, gangs violence

Riverview youth mental health centre proceeds

Replacement for Maples Treatment Centre first announced in March

Dead boy’s father posts Facebook response after Appeal Court upholds conviction

David, Collet Stephan were found guilty in their son Ezekiel’s 2012 death from bacterial meningitis

Trudeau mania, Scheer enthusiasm in B.C. this week

Prime minister, Conservative leader drop in on Surrey, White Rock

Forecasters promote avalanche safety awareness to kick off season

Avalanche Canada advising backcountry enthusiasts to get proper training and equipment.

Michaels: Existential crises and parenting

“Do you think, after all these years, we’re all just living in someone else’s head?”

B.C. church defaced with disturbing anti-Christian graffiti

Staff at Crossroads United Church reported the vandalism to police late last week

PayPal ordered to disclose business accounts to Canada Revenue Agency

Online payments company has 45 days to hand over information identifying its account holders

Most Read