P.E.I.'s education system requires a comprehensive external review, says MLA Olive Crane.

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Recent reviews of P.E.I.'s education system have been internal, says Olive Crane, and an external review is needed. (CBC)

The independent progressive conservative MLA pointed to Nova Scotia as an example of what should be done. The government there announced a review headed by former lieutenant-governor and teacher Myra Freeman.

Crane said P.E.I. should launch a similar review without delay.

"There has been reviews done on education here but mostly it's always internal," she said.

"There's best practices in other places that have worked really well in education, and if we want to have the best education system for our children I really think we need to have that look right now before we start again moving resources or losing resources."

Last week, the English Language School Board said nine P.E.I. schools will lose the Reading Recovery program this fall as part of teacher cutbacks. Board superintendent Cynthia Fleet also said it's time for P.E.I. to consider the possibility of more school closures.

Nova Scotia's education review will look at all aspects of the system there, including student outcomes, curriculum, technology in the classroom, and the amount of time students spend in class.

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