NDP Education critic Trent Wotherspoon said the Sask. Party government has presided over a negative trend of declining graduation rates and hasn't taken the appropriate actions to improve education.
"The Sask. Party has failed to do what is needed to ensure students finish high school," said Wotherspoon. "The decline in graduation rates should have all Saskatchewan families concerned. And despite this negative trend, the Sask. Party has recently chosen to take resources out of classrooms causing further impacts on students.
"It's especially troublesome that less than one third of aboriginal students graduate Grade 12. This is a troubling statistic that needs immediate government attention. We need the Sask. Party to focus on improving aboriginal student graduation rates. These are issues we have been championing and we will continue to do so," said Wotherspoon.
Wotherspoon also noted the auditor's continued concern with how the province's books are reported, specifically how hundreds of millions of dollars of teacher's pensions are not recorded in the General Revenue Fund's financial statements.
"People are telling me they have great concern for how the Sask. Party plays around with the numbers in the budget. It's not surprising the auditor shares those concerns. The Sask. Party needs to listen to this independent advice and set the record straight about the real financial picture of the province," said Wotherspoon.
"After a budget that hurt many Saskatchewan families, the auditor's report shows the Sask. Party is failing to get to work and make the services of government better for everyone," said Wotherspoon.
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