B.C. taxpayers paid $16K for teen's 'useless' report

A deputy minister turned down giving teen Anjali Vyas $16,000 to study Finnish teachers, so...

A deputy minister turned down giving teen Anjali Vyas $16,000 to study Finnish teachers, so superintendent of achievement Rick Davis diverted money to a school district to get it approved, says the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. (SCREEN SHOT CTV/YOUTUBE.COM)

Ada Slivinski, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:15 AM ET

VANCOUVER - B.C. Education Minister Peter Fassbender has ordered a review after $16,000 in public funds was given to a teenaged student for a study critics have said is useless.

Anjali Vyas was 18 in 2012 when she was awarded the first of two contracts by superintendent of achievement Rick Davis. The contracts were to study teacher education in Finland and present the findings to the Deans of Faculties of Education.

Vyas told the Vancouver Sun last year that she met Davis at a friend's wedding and they "hit it off."

Her final report, the culmination of a year's work, was released today following a freedom of information request from the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. Fourteen pages long, it includes a title page, just two interviews and no reference list. The requirements for each section were e-mailed to her by ministry staff.

"It's written by a high school student and it contains nothing new about the Finnish system," said CTF spokesman Jordan Bateman.


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