No report cards mean grade 11 marks may be in play at UBC
Published Tuesday, March 13, 2012 5:58PM PDT
The continuing job action by teachers has led the University of B.C. to consider reviewing grade 11 marks when evaluating applications from graduating high school students.
Since the beginning of the school year, teachers have been providing marks but not formal report cards to students in protest of a contract dispute with the provincial government. Because of the lack of report cards, UBC says it may look at students' grade 11 marks this spring -- along with whatever grade 12 marks are available -- and then do a second review in May based on marks from the Ministry of Education.
A note on the UBC Admissions blog reads: "No students will be refused based on grade 11 marks. We will not fill up before grade 12 spring marks are considered."
UBC officials would not comment on the proposed admissions charges until the Vancouver campus senate has voted. The proposals will be discussed at a meeting Wednesday.
The possible change in procedure is a big concern for Langley grade 12 student Sally Casey, who is considering applying to UBC's Okanagan campus.
"I was hoping to get early admission using my grade 12 marks, and then when I heard about that, it really angered me," she told CTV News.
She's started a Facebook page to express her worries.
"We don't know what's happening right now and I find that a little bit unfair," she said.
"I just want to let everyone to know there is another side to this -- it's the students."
Casey isn't sure where she'll go to school in the fall, but she's already received early admission at the University of Victoria based on her grade 12 marks.
Susan Lambert, president of the BC Teachers' Federation, says that while missed report cards won't be made up if the job action ends, teachers have been providing adequate grades all along.
"I don't understand what UBC is talking about. We will be giving those marks," she said.
Education Minister George Abbott says the issue hasn't popped up at any other post-secondary institution.
"We will be following up as well to try to ensure that no grade 12 student is penalized by this labour dispute," he said.
With a report from CTV British Columbia's Maria Weisgarber