The provincial government has introduced legislation that would strengthen parental involvement in the education system and recognize the Manitoba Association of Parent Councils (MAPC) as the official representative of parent councils in Manitoba. This announcement was made by Education Minister Nancy Allan.
“We know that parents play an integral role in helping their children succeed in school. Parental involvement in the education system increases student engagement and strengthens the entire school community,” said Allan. “MAPC has made significant contributions to our parent-friendly, common report card and class-size initiatives through its participation on the oversight committee. Recognizing MAPC as an official voice for parents will help to improve the quality of our education system by getting parents involved in education and making sure their voices are heard.”
The legislation would recognize MAPC as the representative of parent advisory councils for all school divisions in Manitoba, with the exception of the Division scolaire franco-manitobaine. It would also require that school principals consult with the school advisory councils when preparing the annual school plan.
In addition, the legislation would require principals to provide parents with the information on the role and function of the school’s school-based parent group, a parent’s right to become member of the school-based parent group at his or her child’s school and, if a school-based parent group is not established at the school, the manner in which one may be established.
“This legislation would support and promote meaningful involvement and participation of parents in education. By working together, we can help our kids succeed and our schools and community partnerships will be strengthened,” said Allan.
“The Manitoba Association of Parent Councils understands the unique relationship that needs to be promoted, created and maintained within school communities between staff, administration and parents. We also know that a strong parental voice in our public education system is critical for student success and we fully support and encourage the involvement and participation of parents in their child’s education,” said Judith Cameron, president, MAPC.