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Nova Scotia government touts new courses and equipment ahead of the new school year

By Joe Thomson Sep 5, 2023 | 10:52 AM

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Students across Nova Scotia are getting ready to head back to school this week, and the provincial government is doing what it can to make it a successful year of learning.

With more than 130,000 students getting ready to start class, the province says it has purchased 10,000 new computers to facilitate learning objectives this year. The computes will be used individually by students in higher grades, and for group-based learning exercises by younger students.

There’s also a handful of new courses for high school students to choose from. Life 11 is designed to teach students about different parts of adult life that have often been left for people to figure out on their own. It will help answer questions like: Is it better to lease or purchase a car? When should I get a credit card, and what is a credit rating? How does government work? How do I cook a balanced meal?

Another new course, Netukulimk and the Environment 11, blends Mi’kmaw and Indigenous knowledge with western science using land-based experiences. The province is also introducing a new physical activity framework that’s meant to reduce the amount of time students spend sitting still.

Classes begin tomorrow, except for schools within the Halifax Regional Centre for Education which start on Thursday. West Bedford School, West Bedford High School and Bedford and Forsyth Education Centres in HRCE start on Friday.


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