The Ontario English Catholic Teachersâ€™ Association (OECTA) approves of new strategies aimed at reducing the number of high school drop outs that were unveiled today (December 8) by the McGuinty government .
“We have been concerned for some time that some studentsâ€™ needs are not being met in the current high school program,” says Donna Marie Kennedy, OECTA president. “The government has tackled several important issues affecting student retention,” she says.
Catholic teachers support the concept of adding a new Specialist High-Skills Major to the Ontario Secondary School Diploma to provide students greater course selection opportunities in preparation for their chosen futures.
“We do believe that a number of the proposals need some attention before they can be implemented effectively, and we look forward to working with the government to ensure that the plan achieves its goal,” she says.
Ms Kennedy says that Catholic teachers are interested to see that Co-op Education programs are to be expanded and that there is a commitment from this government to create more formal links between high schools and post-secondary destinations.
“We also note that a new Adult Education Policy Unit has been established, and hope this Unit will also address the needs of adult students who may have abandoned their hope of graduating from high school because of policies introduced by the previous government,” says Kennedy.