(Quebec) The Minister Sebastien Proulx grants to all students all the controversial points of the long question history test to avoid unfairly put some up for failure.
The Ministry of Education (MEQ) announced Tuesday morning that all students will get all the points for the issue removed because of a possible “breach of confidentiality”.
In an interview with the Sun, the Education Minister said that two options were on the table: the complete cancellation of the examination or the increase.
“In the case of cancellation, we found ourselves with a few thousand students in a situation of failure, said the minister. I do not want them to find themselves penalized. ”
The success of the fourth high school history course is essential for obtaining a high school diploma. The famous question was worth 22 to almost a quarter of the race, which itself accounts for half of the note of the school year.
Even granting all points, Mr. Proulx ensures that the success rate is close to “one or two points about” the usual success rate.
“The decision is mainly motivated by the fact that if we canceled the exam, this placed students who otherwise would have succeeded in a situation of failure,” says Minister of Education. The Education Act authorizes the review results.
A video posted two weeks ago by a teenager from Trois-Rivières led the MEQ to quickly cancel the essay question. In a Facebook publication, the young woman said she wanted to “just help” by sharing the advice given by his history teacher during a review session. It appears that the teacher had managed to guess about the matter on the basis of a rotation of the topics for consideration each year.
It was not possible to know Tuesday if the file analysis concluded that a real “breach of confidentiality” and if the teacher was considered at fault.
In the wake of this case and another flight bound for a math exam in the sixth year, the Minister Proulx requested a review of administrative procedures of the tests of the Ministry.
“If there are corrections to be made for next year, it will do so,” Mr. Proulx said.
After the cancellation by the MEQ, the First Directive was to count only the first part of the exam. It quickly became apparent that this method resulted in its share of problems. The president of the Society of Teachers of Quebec history, Raymond Bédard, found that it had a downward effect on the result of a majority of students. In many cases, this weighting placed students in a situation of failure where they would not be found otherwise.
A petition has appeared online, on the initiative of a student in this situation. She collected several thousand signatures.
The final results should be available from Tuesday. A replay of the exam for students who are still in a situation of failure will take place on 27 July.