STUDENTS WHO excelled at their studies aren’t being recognized on honour rolls this year. That’s because teachers, who are on a limited strike, aren’t preparing report cards.
Coast Mountains school district superintendent Nancy Wells called the situation unfortunate. “Students are losing out because of [the] job action,” she said.
Shar McCrory, who is the vice chair of the school district’s district parental advisory council, said that while the subject hasn’t been brought up yet, it will be discussed at the council’s next meeting.
“They do it for their individual gratification,” she said of students who achieve honour roll status. “I don’t think that because they aren’t listing an honour roll, they won’t achieve high marks.”
But McCrory is concerned about what the lack of marks means for scholarships and the Passport to Education program in the upper grades. The latter provides credits toward the cost of post secondary institutions.
“I don’t think it (honour role) is as important as the things that have a monetary value associated to them,” McCrory said. “Those are things we need to discuss at a district level.”
Terrace teachers’ union president Karen Andrews doesn’t think a lack of an honour roll is harming students.
“We feel that the students will do well whether or not there is an honour role,” Andrews said.