FREDERICTON (GNB) – The entry point for Early French Immersion will remain at Grade 3 for the 2012-13 school year, Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Jody Carr announced today.

“We have received the report from the task force on Early French Immersion and we are currently reviewing it,” said Carr. “There’s still much work to be done, but what needs to be communicated to parents is that the entry point for French Immersion will remain at Grade 3 for the 2012-13 school year. This is recommended by the task force and supported by the Ministerial Advisory Committee on the French Second Language Review.”

While the report recommends a return to the Grade 1 entry point, there are many considerations outlined in the report that must be reviewed carefully before a decision is made to go in this direction.

In October 2011, Carr appointed James E. Lockyer and Elvy Robichaud, both former ministers of education, to chair a task force on the entry point for Early French Immersion in the province. The task force toured the province holding public consultations and meeting with teachers and administrators between November and December 2011.

“I thank the task force members for carrying out this important work,” said Carr. “Their report will greatly assist us in improving programs, services and curriculum regarding French Second Language.”

The department will continue to work with the ministerial advisory committee to ensure any decisions made will help create the right conditions to improve French Language Services in the anglophone school system.

The report is available online.

LINK:

●    Department of Education and Early Childhood Development: www.gnb.ca/education