Saskatchewan high school students are going to soon be learning about financial literacy.
Well, those who choose to will.
Tuesday morning in Regina, Minister of Education Gord Wyant announced starting in April, the provincial government will begin drafting a document to install financial literacy courses in Saskatchewan high schools, with a pilot project expected to be ready for the 2018-2019 school year.
Wyant says this announcement is a momentous one for Saskatchewan students, as it offers them an opportunity to learn about the true value of money and it’s role in everyday life.
“Providing students with the tools to understand those kinds of things, to make better financial decisions when they’re in school and when they graduate, I think is very important,” he said. ” Not just for their well-being, but for the economy.”
A key part of these classes is to grow and develop skills for young and budding entrepreneurs, people Wyant notes will be the future drivers of Saskatchewan business.
One of those people is Grade 12 student Aditi Matta at F.W Johnson Collegiate. She’s enrolled in two business classes and despite the financial literacy classes not actually being put in place yet, she’s noticed a marked difference in her personal and financial skills.
“The classes, for example, like accounting, com media and entrepreneurship, make you think out of the box, give you a hands-on experience,” she said.
In a release, the government says full implementation of the classes could be coming as soon as September 2019.