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.