FREDERICTON (GNB) – The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development’s annual report, Summary Statistics: School Year 2016-2017, shows steady enrolment across the province for the current school year.

“The information in this report is a tremendous resource,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Brian Kenny. “The historical information it contains is helpful when looking at such things as enrolment trends, required resources and class size.”

Enrolment had been decreasing since 1991, but the report indicates that numbers were stable for 2016-17.

A contributing factor is the number of newcomers to New Brunswick, with about 650 Syrian students enrolled in provincial schools.

“Your government is working hard to make New Brunswick the best place to raise a family, and investing in education is a key priority,” said Kenny. “Our 10-year education plans will ensure that students get the education they need to live up to their potential.”

The report includes more than 20 tables of district and school information.

It also shows that the number of educators in the system increased by 109.4 full-time-equivalent positions in 2016-17 compared to the previous year.

The government’s 10-year education plans aim to improve educational outcomes and better prepare young people for the future. They set objectives in priority areas to create lifelong learners, support educational leaders and bring stability to the system.

The report is available online.