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Teacher Newsmagazine Volume 20, Number 2, October 2007

Overseas private schools investigated for "grade inflation"

The Vancouver Sun reported October 1, 2007, that the BC government is in the process of investigating several overseas schools certified by BC for grade inflation. Education Minister Shirley Bond has stated she wants to ensure all students in the three Chinese schools in question meet the provincial standards required to earn the BC secondary school graduation certificate known as the Dogwood.

The problem actually surfaced first in BC private schools, some of which were giving students passing grades in English 12 even though they were failing provincial exams. Those schools--Century High School, Kingston High School, Royal Canadian College, Pattison High School, and St. John’s International High School were warned they could be decertified if they did not quickly reduce the gap between the results.

Now Education Minister Bond is focussing on an overseas school, which is directed by Jim Beeke, a former government inspector of BC independent schools, until he resigned in 2005 and joined Maple Leaf International Schools.

– Murray Dobbin

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