Board to Consult Parents/Students/Staff on Ontario Government Proposed Mandatory e-Learning in Schools
On March 15, 2019, the Government of Ontario announced
that starting in 2020-21, secondary students will be required to take a minimum of four mandatory e-learning credits out of the 30 credits needed to fulfill the requirements for achieving an Ontario Secondary School Diploma.
Since the announcement, the province has not issued any further information or answered any questions, such as how this will be implemented and equitable to all secondary students, and students are expected to start choosing their courses in the coming months.
Therefore, the Board decided that:
- the TDSB will conduct a random sample of the Board’s secondary school students, parents and staff to determine their thoughts about the implementation of mandatory e-learning; and
- the Chair write to the Minister of Education and the presidents of both the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association and the Ontario Student Trustees’ Association to express the Board’s concerns about the implementation of the Ministry’s mandatory e-learning courses and to advise that the TDSB is surveying its community and will then report back to the province when the results become available in winter 2020.
The full motion is available in the Summary of Decisions for Oct. 30, 2019.