Big failure rate in high school exams
CJAD News has learned that there are very large numbers of Secondary IV and V students across the province who have failed this year's math, history and science high school exams. And it could be linked to the new curriculum reforms.
Suanne Stein Day chairperson of the Lester B. Pearson School Board said they don't have the final numbers yet but they noticed a trend.
"There were in fact quite a few failures in math and history, that those tests were particularly difficult this year," Stein Day told CJAD News.
The New Frontiers School board also reported lower results for math exams. They suspect that the new curriculum reforms had something to do with this because this is the first year that the exams for subjects such as math, science and history were the same province wide.
Stein Day said they have 30% more summer school students as a result.
"We had to open an additional center this summer for the summer school. The parents do pay a fee for the summer school though so that pays for most of the costs."
Stein Day said she doesn't think it has anything to do with the CEGEP student strike and prolonged semesters because the exams were written long before that.
Quebec's Education Ministry said it's looking into the matter.