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NEWS: Nunavut November 23, 2012 - 2:02 pm

Non-Inuit under-represented in Nunavut schools but more likely to graduate, GN report shows

Non-Inuit account for three per cent of students, nine per cent of grads

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Non-Inuit make up about 15 per cent of Nunavut’s total population, which is about 85 per cent Inuit.

But, according to figures in the 2009-10 annual report of Nunavut’s education department, non-Inuit children are under-represented in the territory’s schools, a difference that could reflects the high birth rate among Nunavut Inuit and the numbers of childless non-Inuit who live and work in Nunavut.

Yet the numbers show that non-Inuit students in Nunavut are more likely to graduate.

Of the 9,038 students enrolled in Nunavut schools in 2009-10, 281 students or about three per cent were non-Inuit.

That’s down from 2000-2001 when there were 8,790 students enrolled in Nunavut schools, of whom 316 were non-Inuit, that is, nearly four per cent of the school population.

Among numbers of graduates in 2010, non-Inuit comprised nine per cent of the graduates, or 20 out of 214 graduates.

That’s a lower percentage than in 2001, when 16 of the 149 graduates, or 10.7 per cent, were non-Inuit.

But these numbers still reveal a graduation rate among non-Inuit that is about three times higher.

The annual report also reveals that of the 241 graduates from Nunavut high schools in 2010, 131 were boys and 110 were girls (although, in the Kitikmeot region, more girls than boys graduated from high school).

In 2001, out of 149 graduates, 85 were girls, and 64 were boys.

This means that territory-wide percentage of female graduates has dropped from 57 to 45 per cent from 2001 to 2010.

The report offers no analysis of these figures on ethnicity or gender.

This graph from the 2009/10 annual report of Nunavut's education department shows how the ethnicity of school population and number of graduates by gender.
This graph from the 2009/10 annual report of Nunavut's education department shows how the ethnicity of school population and number of graduates by gender.
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