Online Courses a Must For Ontario High School Students Starting in 2020

Move Comes as Some Parts of Ontario Lack High Speed Internet

High school students across Ontario will have to take digital courses before they can graduate.

Education Minister Stephen Lecce detailed this new move today, saying online courses will be a mandatory graduation requirement, beginning in September of 2020.

“The world is changing rapidly, and our students need the ability to learn and thrive in a world increasingly disrupted by technology,” said Minister Lecce. “To succeed in this environment, it is important students graduate with the skills and technological fluency they need in a competitive global labour market. This plan will provide more course offerings – including STEM courses – that will benefit students well beyond the classroom.”

It is expected that this new requirement will give students access to a wider variety of courses regardless of where they live. Minister Lecce didn’t detail what happens to students who live in areas without access to high-speed internet but did say there can be exemptions in some cases.