Ontario High school Students Need Tech education course To Graduate
Ontario high school students will be required to pass a technological education course to graduate, the government said on Friday.
In a news release, the province said the change will begin with students entering Grade 9 in September of 2024.
“I am proud to announce another step forward to ensure all students learn the critical skills necessary to succeed and get a good paying job,” said Education Minister Stephen Lecce, in a statement.
“By requiring students to take at least one Technological Education credit in high school, we are opening up doors and creating new pathways to good jobs in STEM and the skilled trades. All students will benefit from a greater emphasis on hands-on learning experiences and technical skills in the classroom so they can graduate with a competitive advantage in this country.”
“We want to inspire more students to understand the opportunities in the digital economy and the changing landscape around us,” he said at a press conference.
“We want young people earlier in their careers to know that this new graduation requirement will open doors and opportunities for every single child, but perhaps most especially for girls in Ontario schools.”
Students will have to complete a Grade 9 or Grade 10 technological education course, covering sectors such as construction, transportation, manufacturing, computer technology, hospitality and communication.