Some have argued that a higher percentage of private schools than public ones should be classified as private, rather than “public,” schools since the vast majority of schools in Canada are not public.
But the reality is that the vast majority of our private schools are not public and private schools have a higher percentage of students who are at a higher education level than their public counterparts, a point of contention when comparing the numbers on the ground.
What percentage of students in private schools do you think attend a higher education institution?
Only 2.6 per cent of private schools in Canada, or 3,933 of the 25,932 private schools in Canada, enroll students who have a graduate degree. As a result, private schools outnumber public schools in Canada, but they still fall well below the percentage of students who have a graduate degree in the public system.
Does your school require its students to take part in extracurricular extracurricular activities?
Although it’s true that many private schools do include the involvement of their students in athletics and other extracurricular activities, private school teachers, parents and staff members are also partaking in such activities. A survey of teachers and school parents, done last year by the Association of Manitoba Principals, revealed that 63 per cent of private schools surveyed said they have more than 40 per cent of their teachers participating in extracurricular activities. The survey also found that 43 per cent of schools surveyed have more than 90 per cent of their teachers participating in extracurricular activities.
The numbers for public schools, which have a minimum of 75 per cent participation, is the lowest for any system in the country and is in part due to a lack of funding and resources. In 2001-02, 75 per cent of all public schools in Canada received provincial funding; in 2010-11, it was only 66.7 per cent. Public schools have had an average of $4.7 million yearly in provincial funding since 1998-99.
Has your school adopted one of the key characteristics of an academic environment – no extracurricular activities?
Yes, but only after the implementation of the Common Learning Measure (CCMM), which is tied directly to the Education Act and requires all schools to provide a curriculum with a minimum of one hour of math and English and a maximum of five hours of math and one of English. The CCMM only applies to public schools: not to private schools. As such, there does not
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