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Finnish education report funding followed policy: minister 0

Jeremy Nuttall

By Jeremy Nuttall, 24 hours Vancouver

Education Minister Peter Fassbender says the case of a teenaged girl being given $16,000 to study Finland's education system was “in keeping with relevant policy.” (LEG.BC.CA)

Education Minister Peter Fassbender says the case of a teenaged girl being given $16,000 to study Finland's education system was “in keeping with relevant policy.” (LEG.BC.CA)

Education Minister Peter Fassbender said on Thursday the case of a teenaged girl being given government money to study the education system in Finland was “in keeping with relevant policy.”

Fassbender ordered a review after it was discovered that in 2012 and 2013 Anjali Vyas was given two contracts worth $16,000 from the government to research the education system in Finland.

“This was an unusual set of circumstances and the ministry's intent was to support an existing research project that had been initiated by a talented and motivated young person,” said Fassbender in a release. “Teacher training is an important matter that does bear greater scrutiny and it is imperative that the ministry continue to seek out the perspectives of students and young people on how to improve our education system.”

Fassbender apologized to Vyas for the public attention she’s received in wake of news reports about the trip.

Vyas told the Vancouver Sun last year that she met B.C. Superintendent of Achievement Rick Davis, who helped arrange the funding, at a wedding.

She eventually submitted a 14-page report about the Finnish system that has been criticized by academics and the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.

The review also made recommendations to strengthen future ministry procedures around such issues.

 

 

 

 

 

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