Manitoba’s auditor general says the province’s Education Department was not prepared for the COVID-19 pandemic but managed to respond effectively.
A report from the auditor’s office says the department had not considered public health risks to schools ahead of time and had no coordinated emergency plan.
The report also says the department was not prepared for a transition to remote learning.
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Despite that, the report says, the department was able to provide support to schools and put incident management in place.
The auditor general made eight recommendations, which include improving internet connectivity so that online learning is available across the province.
The government says it is working on improvements and points to a recent deal with Xplornet Communications to expand broadband services in 350 rural and northern communities.
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