Province signs 'historic' collective agreement with teachers, principals, vice-principals

The provincial government has signed what it calls a historic collective agreement with almost 8,000 teachers, principals and vice principals.

Treasury Board President Roger Melanson says the five-year deal will help New Brunswick reach the goals of its 10 year education plan.

It includes annual wage increases of one per cent as well as the addition of 250 school-based teachers in areas including mental health support, literacy and guidance.

The agreement also includes a research project that will increase instruction time by one hour for some students in kindergarten through Grade 2.

(with files from the Canadian Press)