New enrollment of immigrants “win win” for the classroom

FREDERICTON – According to data accessed by the New Brunswick Multicultural Council (NBMC) from the Department of Education, it has been calculated that while overall new enrollments in the public education system are generally declining in New Brunswick, the new enrollments of immigrant students increased from 5.1% in 2012/13 to 6.1% in 2013/14.

An average of approximately 6% of total new enrollments in the public education has come from of immigrants, over the past 5 years. This is an important part of the discussion, as children head back to schools and New Brunswickers are talking about how to create and preserve high quality learning environments.

“With funding tied to enrollments, we see this as a major “win-win” for NB schools: students in the classroom profit from diversity and the schools benefit from the funding tied to enrollments.” – Alex LeBlanc, Managing Director of NBMC.

“The main goal is to deliver the highest quality education and learning environment possible. Diversity in the classroom is a major positive for all students and contributes to a more dynamic learning environment that can benefit all students and teachers.”

“Students are growing up in an age of unimaginable connectivity, so if our learning environments include diverse cultures, perspectives and realities it is only going to enhance the quality of education and learning.”

These figures don’t even reflect the number of International Exchange students (temporary residents) enrolling in New Brunswick schools. International Exchange students have averaged 2.4% of new enrollments over the past 5 years. This is significant, because in these cases, these students are paying to attend our schools. Between the international students and new immigrants, they represent approximately 8.5% of students enrolled across New Brunswick, and that percentage is even higher in our urban centers such as Fredericton, Moncton and Saint John.