World News – CA – Diploma exams will be optional for Alberta students in October and November


Alberta Education says diploma exams will be optional for students this term amid COVID-19 pandemic

In a statement on Tuesday morning, the ministry said exams would be optional for students in October and November No decision has yet been made on whether diploma exams will be compulsory or optional for the coming quarters

« As we continue to listen to students, parents and educational partners, it is clear that some students may not feel comfortable or may not be in the best position to take exams at this time » , we read in a statement by Colin Aitchison, press secretary in the office of the Minister of Education

« We know these are tough times, which is why we want to make sure that students and their parents have the flexibility to make the best decision for their own situation this exam season. We will of course continue to monitor the progress of the school year and make decisions on the remaining exams before they are written. »

The move comes after several school boards across the province made motions to push the government to cancel graduation exams for grade 12 students amid pandemic uncertainties

The Edmonton Public School Board, for example, voted unanimously earlier this month to ask the provincial government to cancel graduation exams for students

« This current school year is unlike any other school year we have known, » said Shelagh Dunn, EPSB administrator, who originally brought the motion, when it was passed in October. 6 « I think we have to keep in mind that we are operating in the midst of a global emergency and our education system is under enormous stress

« I think we’ve all heard of the impact this has had on students and staff We know that almost 30% of our students learn online »

Read more:
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Diploma exams have been made optional in the past, notably in Calgary during the 2013 floods and Fort McMurray during the 2016 wildfires

Some school boards were also advocating the cancellation of provincial achievement tests, although they are already optional Families can simply decide that their children refuse to take the tests

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some school boards have switched to a quarterly approach to the school year, which means diploma exams for the first term are expected to be taken in late October and early November

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World news – CA – Diploma exams will be optional for Alberta students in October and November



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