News release

Minister's Order Brings Stability for New Germany Students

Education Minister Ramona Jennex has helped re-establish a stable learning environment for students at New Germany Elementary School today, Dec. 12, by directing the South Shore Regional School board to put a teacher on administrative leave.

"I have been closely watching the events of the past few days in New Germany," said Education Minister Ramona Jennex. "The students of New Germany Elementary School need a stable, positive learning environment. This directive will ensure that the students and parents will be focussed on learning while the judicial process continues."

Peter Speight will be on administrative leave until the status of his teaching certificate is complete.

The Department of Education has applied for a judicial review into an arbitrator's decision to return Mr. Speight's teaching certificate.

A date for the hearing has not been set.

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Education Minister Ramona Jennex has helped re-establish a stable learning environment for students at New Germany Elementary School today (December 12th) by directing the South Shore Regional School board to put a teacher on administrative leave.

Peter Speight will be on administrative leave until the judicial process regarding the status of his teaching certificate is complete.

Ms. Jennex says the students of New Germany Elementary School need a stable, positive learning environment and her action today will help ensure students and parents will be focussed on learning.

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