Funding for public education in Manitoba will increase by $32 million this year, to $1.3 billion.
There is more money for numeracy and literacy programs, an almost six per cent increase.
Manitoba has the worst scores in math, science and reading, according to a standardized test of Grade 8 students conducted nation-wide in 2013.
At the time, the provincial government explained there was likely a link between those who go to school in poorer Winnipeg neighbourhoods and parts of Manitoba and the scores.
Minister of Education James Allum promised more support for teachers and a focus on fundamental skills.
Allum says today’s announcement represents a 2.55 per cent increase, which is above Manitoba’s expected economic growth.
“This will ensure ever child will get an opportunity in Manitoba,” he said.
The provincial government is also launching the Set Your Course website, giving Manitobans a single information hub on the post-secondary education system.
There will also be $200,000 thousand dollars to help pay for college and university application fees for up to 3,000 students.
Those fees can be as high as $100 per institution. Allum says it will be targeted to low income Manitobans.
“It’s no longer a matter of if I’ll go to college or university it will be a matter of when.”
The website will also have a virtual helpdesk to aid answer students’ questions.