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SASKATCHEWAN TEACHERS AND YNN

 

If schools were better funded they would find it easier to say no to Youth News Network, says teacher spokesman

CP Wire Wed 23 Feb 2000

REGINA (CP) - If Saskatchewan schools were better funded, they would be able to say no to the Youth News Network, says the president of the Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation.

``It's a carrot they're holding out at a time when school boards are strapped for cash,'' said Doug Willard.

Earlier this month, Education Minister Jim Melenchuk sent letters to all Saskatchewan school divisions asking school boards not to sign contracts with YNN, although several have already done so.

Melenchuk said the newscasts are inappropriate for Saskatchewan not only because they contain several minutes of commercials but also because they don't conform to the provincial curriculum.

YNN says six high schools in the province have signed deals to begin receiving

news and current broadcasts from the Montreal-based company. In return, the schools are to receive fully equipped computer labs, large-screen TVs and satellite receiving equipment.

Willard said all of the schools that have signed up with YNN are in smaller communities. That suggests they might have less money for electronic equipment than urban boards, he said.

Saskatchewan isn't the only province having qualms about the service. Manitoba Education Minister Drew Caldwell has told the eight schools which have already signed contracts to terminate YNN at the end of the trial period, and has told other school divisions not to sign up. (Regina Leader-Post)

 


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