Saskatchewan’s Minister of Education announces that he will appoint a trustee for three independent schools in the province.
The action follows allegations of student abuse at a private Christian school in Saskatoon.
Former students of Christian Center Academy, now called Legacy Christian Academy, launched a class action lawsuit earlier this week, alleging years of physical, emotional and sexual abuse by staff and management at the school and school. adjacent church.
On Thursday morning, Minister Dustin Duncan spoke on CBC’s The morning edition, his first public interview on the subject since CBC Saskatchewan broke the story. He told host Stefani Langenegger that the cabinet had approved giving him more authority over independent schools.
He also announced that he would appoint a private trustee for three schools: Legacy Christian Academy, Grace Christian School in Saskatoon and Regent Academy in Prince Albert. All were notified Thursday morning, he added.
“The [former] regulations did not allow me to intervene and, for example, to appoint a director or a trustee,” Duncan said.
“These three schools will now receive, in addition to an administrator, … they will be subject to 10 unscheduled visits from the ministry.”
Morning Edition – Saskatchewan16:45Saskatchewan. the minister of education appoints a special administrator to manage 3 private schools
According to Duncan, the administrator will be appointed for these three schools because they all currently employ someone named in the recent lawsuit filed by former students.
All three schools will receive an unscheduled visit once a month, and the province will increase the number of unscheduled supervised visits to all independent schools in the next school year.
“Until now, independent schools were not required to inform the minister when they knew they were the subject of a criminal allegation or that a criminal investigation had been opened into a school or a person. working at the school,” Duncan said.
“The regulations that were put in place in 2012 improved the regulatory oversight that didn’t exist before 2012. I recognize there are gaps and we’ve fixed those gaps and it’s now in place.”
As of Thursday, all qualified independent schools in the province must notify the Ministry of Education within 24 hours if they face allegations of criminal activity or if a criminal charge affects a staff member, according to a news release. .
Duncan also now has the ability to put schools on probation.