Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Minister Denies N.S. Schools Have a No-Fail Policy, Says Hundreds Failed in 2016

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Minister Denies N.S. Schools Have a No-Fail Policy, Says Hundreds Failed in 2016

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Schools do not have a no-fail policy: N.S.

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HALIFAX - Nova Scotia's education minister says 259 students were failed last year from Primary to Grade 9 across the province.

Karen Casey revealed the number Thursday after being asked again to clarify whether or not there is a no-fail policy as part of the province's education system.

The issue was one of those raised by teachers as part of their recent contract dispute with the province.

Casey again reiterated that her department does not have a no-fail policy, and decisions on whether to pass or retain students rests with individual teachers in consultation with parents and principals.

"We sent a letter of clarification to the boards hoping that would dispel that myth, but it is there and it's real," said Casey. "We have to make sure that teachers understand that students can be retained. …

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