By Brian Schultz
The Manitoba government will provide the public school system with an increase of $25.5 million in funding for 2012-13.
The 2.2 percent increase announced Monday will expand successful new programs currently in place focused on giving students more attention and support.
“These are challenging economic times for our province and for all Manitobans, but the best way to build for the future is to ensure our kids are getting a strong foundation in school and are ready for the challenges ahead of them,” Education Minister Nancy Allan said.
Allan also announced an additional $4 million to help reduce class sizes to 20 students in kindergarten to Grade 3, and $1 million in funding for Manitoba’s Early Literacy Intervention programs.
The Early Numeracy Initiative targeted towards students in kindergarten to Grade 4 will be expanded to included students up to Grade 8 with an approximate increase of $780,000.