06/09/2014 01:27 EDT | Updated 06/16/2017 01:07 EDT

Time running out for Nova Scotians to submit input on education review

HALIFAX - The panel reviewing Nova Scotia's education system is encouraging the public to submit its ideas with five days left in its online survey.

Chairwoman Myra Freeman says the panel had received 17,485 submissions from students, parents, teachers and community leaders as of last Friday.

Freeman says while the response has been good, the panel would like to hear from as many people as possible from across the province.

She says the panel will take the summer to analyze the responses and identify major themes and areas of concern after the survey closes Friday.

A report will be submitted to Education Minister Karen Casey in October.

Freeman says experts will be assigned to help develop an overall plan for the education system once Casey reviews the report.