Schooling Division takes 7 months to course of entry to info request

Schooling deputy minister says staffing points delayed

Nunavut’s Data and Privateness Commissioner, Graham Steele, says it could be time to rethink how GN handles requests for entry to info after seven months of 1 sitting throughout the Division of Schooling this yr. (file photograph)

David Loched

Nunavut’s info commissioner says the Division of Schooling had no good purpose to attend seven months to start processing entry to info requests, and on centralizing the best way GN processes such requests recommends contemplating, so they do not “accumulate mud.”

“The Division of Schooling dropped the ball horribly,” Graham Steele mentioned in a overview of a criticism submitted to his workplace on June 21.

In his overview, Steele mentioned one particular person requested the data from the Division of Schooling in November 2021. Steele didn’t describe the request, however mentioned there was nothing uncommon in it.

After following up with the division 4 occasions over the subsequent seven months, the applicant, a CBC Solutions reporter, nonetheless acquired no response. He filed a criticism with Metal on June 21.

The division had not began work on the particular person’s file, Steele mentioned in its report.

Rebecca Hainu, Deputy Minister of Schooling, responded to Steele on June 29, saying workers capability was a problem on this case. He mentioned that between January 2021 and January 2022, 5 folks cycled as the manager director of the coverage.

The subsequent day, a consultant with the division reached out to the applicant to set a date when the requested data may very well be anticipated to be issued.

The Schooling Division didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

In its overview, Steele instructed that the regional authorities take “severe consideration” of reorganizing departments’ entry to info requests, so responses are constant and dependable.

“Maybe the time has come to revisit the notion that every public physique is able to processing its personal ATIPP,” he mentioned.

“The division can not run like this. Or perhaps it may possibly. It’s as much as the minister, the manager council and the legislative meeting.”

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