School trustees participate in graduation talks

NANAIMO: School trustees are getting their two cents in as Education Ministry develops new graduation requirements.

The Education Ministry is developing new graduation requirements and Nanaimo school trustees are getting their two cents in.

The ministry is organizing consultation sessions across the province this fall to gather input from stakeholders – including parents, teachers, students, school trustees, community members, business and trades representatives and post-secondary institutions – on what people would like to see included in graduation requirements.

Trustees and Nanaimo school district staff participated in a session in Mill Bay Monday afternoon.

Jamie Brennan, school board chairman, said the graduation requirements need to change.

“We’re losing students to the private system and to the faith-based systems,” he said. “We need to become more diverse.”

New requirements should focus on allowing students more self-directed study options and emphasizing the trades as well as academic options, said Brennan.

The ministry hopes to complete the regional consultation sessions by December and propose new requirements next spring.

For more information, please go to www.bced.gov.bc.ca/graduation.

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