Many factors behind declining enrolment

For those who think our schools will fill simply by building more housing, look at the statistics.

Dear Editor:

For those who think our schools will fill simply by building more housing, look at the statistics.

Across Canada there has been a six per cent drop in school enrolment this year.

The projection over the next ten years is for a further 24 per cent decrease in Kindergarten to Grade 12 enrolments.

In B.C., statistics for this year show that only 11 out of 60 school districts have increasing enrolment.

Of those 11, seven have increases of less than 100 students.

I would suggest that the problem of decreasing school population in Summerland is far more complicated than some would argue.

The building of houses on arable farmland will not solve this particular problem.

This is not just a Summerland problem; it is a more complex issue, one that will not be solved by the belief, “build it and they will come.”

Linda Beaven

Summerland