Series GR-3495 - Jack Fleming Ministry of Education records

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Jack Fleming Ministry of Education records

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  • 1984-1986 (Creation)
    British Columbia. Ministry of Education (1979-1996)

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1.1 m textual records

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The Ministry of Education was established in 1979 as the successor to the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (OIC 2957/79). The ministry was responsible for ensuring that students enrolled in elementary and secondary schools have access to quality and cost-effective education and for setting standards for the overall direction of the education system. It does this by managing finance and faciloities, program direction development and implementation, student access and achievement, teaching performance, and through system evaluation and public accountability. In 1996, all functions not relating to labour were transferred from the Ministry of Skills, Training and Labour to the Ministry of Education to form the Ministry of Education, Skills and Training (OIC 199/96).

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The records consist of correspondence, agendas, minutes, reports, statistics and discussion papers maintained by John (Jack) Reyland Fleming during his tenure as Assistant Deputy Ministry of Education. The records date between 1984 and 1986 and detail proposed changes to educational policy and curricula across the province. The records provide details of discussions regarding the integration of new technology in BC classrooms and action plans to encourage a greater number of women to enter the sciences. The series also consists of records that detail the workings of the Ministry of Education’s Executive Committee, including committee minutes and facility maintenance directives. The series consists of a number of updates to various projects across the province, including the “Program Effectiveness Branch,” the “Small Secondary Schools project,” the “Fund for Excellence in Education,” the “Capital project report,” the “Implication of the capital system” project and the “Special Education Program Evaluation.” The series also consists of a number of files relating to French immersion and First Nations educational issues.

The series also consists of a number of school district files. These are arranged numerically by school district number and contain records that deal with a variety of district-specific issues. Examples include personnel issues, facility maintenance and upgrading issues, and relevant correspondence.

Fleming taught in many school districts across the province and was a founding member of the Knowledge Network of BC. His lengthy tenure spent at the Ministry of Education began with an appointment to the position of Associate Deputy Minister of Finance and Education in 1973. After a brief stint as the Deputy Minister of Education, he served as the Assistant Deputy Minister of Education from 1976 until the 1990s.

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Transferred from the Ministry of Education in May 2016.


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Records are restricted. Please contact BC Archives staff for more information.

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Accession number(s) : 88-0386

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