Yet another problem has been identified with the province’s new education enrollment software.
Vancouver-West End MLA Spencer Chandra-Herbert has sent a letter to the Education Minister, saying the program doesn’t allow a student’s preferred name to be put on attendance forms.
Chandra-Herbert says this could be an issue for transgender students, or others who for cultural reasons, may not want their legal names read out in class.
“And all of a sudden you’ve exposed that child to ridicule, to laughter, to attacks on who they may be as a person, all because the database isn’t correct.”
Chandra-Herbert says this wasn’t an issue with the old system, which allowed preferred name use.
It’s yet another issue that’s come to light with the new 100-million dollar software, which was brought in to replace another troubled software.
BC’s Education minister says the new provincial education software will be fixed to address concerns from students and parents.
Mike Bernier says they have been working with Fujitsu to ensure the MyEdBC software can be changed to allow students to use their preferred name instead of their given one.
“We have had some requests from parents and from students themselves actually for the opportunity to make sure within the program that the preferred name is used rather than the legal name. Everybody has different reasons why that might be.”
Bernier says a slight program change will be made to tweak the software.
Concerns had been raised by trangender students and others who for various cultural reasons might want to use a preferred name.