Premier Rodney MacDonald has directed the ministers of Education, and Health Promotion and Protection to make the province’s schools more accessible to community groups after hours. “In speaking with the ministers responsible, it has become clear to me that removing obstacles to the community use of schools, especially gymnasiums, can and should be done,” Premier MacDonald said. “Education, including physical education, is a lifelong pursuit. All Nova Scotians should have maximum access to our facilities.” Community groups seeking to use school facilities face a number of direct and indirect costs that have become barriers to access. The premier said he has asked that community access be made available, on reasonable terms, as soon as possible.