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Education Matters: Insights on education, learning and training in Canada

June 2004, number 2

French immersion 30 years later

French immersion programs were introduced into Canadian schools in the 1970s to encourage bilingualism across the country. Thirty years later, immersion programs are offered in every province. French-immersion students score significantly higher in reading achievement than non-immersion students. What accounts for this difference?

Class of 2000: how are they faring two years later?

Student debt is a fact of life for many students - about half of the 234,000 graduates from college and bachelor programs in 2000 owed money on student loans. This article looks at the trends in the percentage of students who borrow, their average debt levels and how quickly they are paying off that debt compared to students who graduated in the mid-1990s.


Get the first set of updates to selected indicators in Report of the Pan-Canadian Education Indicators Program 2003 (81-582-XIE).

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