Parents Divided Over Fewer High School Final Exams
Prince George, B.C. – The provincial government’s decision to slash the number of high school final exams from five down to two isn’t sitting well with all parents in Prince George.
“Parents have very different views,” says Gillian Burnett, president of the Prince George District Parent Advisory Council (PGDPAC).
“Some are in favour of fewer exams and some are not. There seems to be some concerns about how this is going to affect the post-secondary transition. They wonder just how involved universities have been in making sure that all of their admissions are still able to do their admission work.”
Richard Giroday, president of the Prince George Teachers’ Association, agrees that is a valid concern.
“Universities will say, oh my goodness, we don’t have a consistent exam that will be the same for everybody across the province.”
He says it could force post-secondary institutions to create their own entrance exams.
“To see whether there’s consistency, because I know if everything is based on classroom examinations from one class to another, there could be quite the spread of differences.”
While acknowledging fewer exams will take pressure off students and teachers, Giroday still believes final exams are a valuable tool.
“I saw that government exam as a check on how I was teaching. Was I teaching to the right level? Because I would look at my school results and compare them to the government results and we should be fairly close. So it was a check on what I was doing in the classroom.”
As for Burnett, she’s planning an information session to help keep parents informed.
“We’re hoping to be able to plan an evening event to provide parents with more information. Early in the new school year. But at this point we’re kind of waiting to see how it all rolls out.”
The provincial government says the changes will be implemented in the 2017-2018 school year.
The Liberals were the ones that put provincial exams back in place. Now they want most of them gone. Why? I think that part of the problem is the lowering of standards. The Liberals have been lowering the bar since 2001. The results have been that fewer students are passing and therefore the number of graduates is decreasing.
When they took out the pre-requisites, a student that fails math 9 can go on to math 10 because there is no pre-requisite. The result is that that student now is in deeper as they did not get the needed work from Math 9 in order to understand the higher level math. Universities are concerned about the low level of students coming into first year.
Yes universities are concerned, they will lower the standards for entrance so they can get more students inside and collect more fees. Education what indoctrinated education, its all about the money.
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