|2002/03 Annual Service
Ministry of Education
It is my pleasure to present the Ministry of Education's 2002/03
This annual report details our progress made throughout the second
year of our four-year mandate in fulfilling our New Era commitments.
Our government's vision of a high quality education system for
BC is becoming a reality and we are continuing to make great progress
in education reform.
To support our goal of improving student achievement, we provided:
greater autonomy to locally elected school boards, implemented better
accountability measures at all levels of the education system, ensured
parents have greater involvement in their children's schools and
encouraged a new range of choice for students and parents in school
and program selection.
We are pleased to report a record 77 per cent of BC students completed
high school this year. Nearly 43 per cent of Aboriginal students
completed secondary school — up eight per cent from five years
This year's reforms to the graduation program will continue to
improve student achievement and also ensure students leave high
school with a well-rounded education. Students will have more choice,
whether they are planning to enter the workforce, trades training
Education is the best single investment any government can make.
We have provided school boards with a simpler funding formula and
the multi-year funding envelopes they asked for. Our government
provided stability and increased per-student funding this year,
in spite of declining enrolments.
We also conducted satisfaction surveys in which more than 200,000
parents, students and school staff participated. This survey, the
largest of its kind in Canada, provides valuable information about
our education system and what we need to improve in our schools.
We are determined to build an education system that produces students
who are well positioned for the future. I'm very proud of the progress
we've made and I am committed to continue working with students,
parents, teachers, trustees, principals and communities as we transform
BC's education system.
Our focus, as always, will be on putting students first.
Honourable Christy Clark
Minister of Education