Public school enrolment falling: report

A Ministry of Education report Tuesday, Aug. 27 reports that public school enrolment will be down this year.

  • Aug. 28, 2013 7:00 p.m.

A Ministry of Education report Tuesday, Aug. 27 reports that public school enrolment will be down this year.  For 2013-14, school districts forecast there will be:

• 525,692 school-age, full-year students in B.C.’s public schools.  This is down 8,999 students from the Sept. 2012-13 forecast (534,691)  and down 5,824 students from the final 2012-13 actual enrolment  (531,516).

• 54,212 self-identified Aboriginal students, down 125 students  compared to 2012-13 actual enrolment of 54,337.

• 24,215 students with special needs, down 81 students compared to  2012-13 actual enrolment of 24,296.

• 58,971 English Language Learning (ELL) students, down 77 students  compared to actual 2012-13 enrolment of 59,048.

• 5,972 adult students, an enrolment increase of more than 1,000 from  4,969 in 2012-13.