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Catholic school board considers dropping diploma exams

Last Updated Oct 8, 2020 at 1:31 pm MST

The Calgary Catholic School Centre, the basis of the Catholic schools in the city in Calgary on Tuesday, April 4, 2017. This building is the operation that helps run any of the Catholic schools in its district. (PHOTO: Chelsey Harms, 660 NEWS)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Should diploma exams be cancelled for grade 12 students this year?

That’s the question being raised by the Calgary Catholic School Division (CCSD) which believes students should be able to opt-out of those exams this year.

The CCSD is now pushing the provincial government to make diploma exams optional or have them cancelled altogether.

The school district already cancelled its Provincial Achievement Tests (PAT) for grade six and nine students.

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The Chief Superintendent has told Postmedia that increased anxiety over the pandemic and forced self-isolation of some students across the province will lead to students not being able to put their best foot forward in a diploma exam.

He added most parents in the Catholic school division want diploma exams removed this year.

Meanwhile, the Calgary Board of Education (CBE) will decide next week on whether it wants to keep PATs this year.