B.C. minister defends teen getting $16,000

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)

Jeremy Nuttall, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:06 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- Education Minister Peter Fassbender said Thursday the case of a teenaged girl getting government money to study Finland's education system was “in keeping with relevant policy.”

Fassbender ordered a review after it was discovered that in 2012 and 2013 Anjali Vyas was given two government contracts worth $16,000 to research the education system in Finland.

“This was an unusual set of circumstances and the ministry's intent was to support an existing research project that had been initiated by a talented and motivated young person,” Fassbender said in a release. “Teacher training is an important matter that does bear greater scrutiny and it is imperative that the ministry continue to seek out the perspectives of students and young people on how to improve our education system.”

Fassbender apologized to Vyas for the public attention she’s received in wake of news reports about the trip.

Vyas told the Vancouver Sun last year that she met B.C. Superintendent of Achievement Rick Davis, who helped arrange the funding, at a wedding.

She eventually submitted a 14-page report about the Finnish system that has been criticized by academics and the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.

The review also made recommendations to strengthen future ministry procedures around such issues.


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