Like health care, education continues to be a top priority of this government.
Albertans need and deserve a lifelong learning system that provides the best
possible start in the early grades; an accessible post-secondary system; and
opportunities for job training and retraining throughout one's career.
The government will increase funding to school
boards to help improve student learning. Boards
may use these dollars to reduce class sizes,
enhance literacy programs or introduce other
initiatives so that learning, particularly at the
earliest grade levels, can be enhanced. There will
also be more dollars for teacher salaries to ensure
that Alberta can continue to attract and retain
Canada's best teachers.
Work will continue on the government's one
billion dollars, three-year commitment to build
new schools and modernize existing ones, so our students have a safe, healthy
environment in which to learn.
Supports for post-secondary students will be augmented. The number of Heritage
Scholarships will be increased to meet the demand, athletic scholarships will be
boosted, the Jason Lang scholarship will be expanded to students in their third and
fourth years, and a new scholarship will be introduced for graduate students.
Automatic student loan forgiveness, and a more user-focused student finance
system will also be introduced to make the post-secondary learning system more