Education Minister Mike Bernier talks report cards and curriculum

Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier. Photo by Government of B.C.

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – BC Education Minister Mike Bernier says teachers should provide a letter grade for students if parents request it. 

Beginning this month, the province plans to start consultation with parents on the issue of student evaluations and whether traditional report cards should be dropped.

However, Mr. Bernier says if parents feel most comfortable with an A, B or C to best determine their child’s progress, a teacher will be expected to provide it.

The new school year also begins next week with full implementation of the new kindergarten through Grade nine curriculum.

With it also comes, the out-with-the old, in-with-new questions, always associated with change.

Obviously with those in mind, in his teleconference call with reporters this week, Mr. Bernier also devoted a considerable amount of time to that issue… 

Again we note, it is estimated full time province-wide public school enrolment this fall will be close, to 529 thousand students.