Imagine being in Grade 10, but not being able to get the core classes you need to eventually graduate.
That’s what one parent says is happening to his son in Nelson.
And it appears B.C.’s new troubled education software may be partially to blame.
Jerry Arsenault’s son couldn’t register for classes at L.V. Rogers Secondary because they were too full.
After more than a week, the teen now has only 25% of what he needs.
“This isn’t a would-be-nice. This isn’t an elective like media arts. This is a core requirement from the BC government.”
Kootenay Lake School District Superintendent Jeff Jones admits, there are more students than expected, so he’s adding two more teachers.
But that’s not all.
New software brought some schools to a stand-still last week, says Jones
“The new student information system, which is very promising and has tremendous potential, has been giving us a run for our money.”
The new $95 million software was brought in to replace BCeSIS, the old, problematic software.
As for Arsenault’s son, Jones says every student will get the courses they need to graduate, they just might not be delivered in the traditional manner.
That means some students may be required to take those required courses online.