OntarioConservatives and Liberals Failed to Stop Private Schools Giving Fake Grades for Money

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OntarioConservatives and Liberals Failed to Stop Private Schools Giving Fake Grades for Money

Evidence shows that both the provincial Conservative and Liberal governments have done little to stop private schools giving out grades for money, as well as inflating grades and attendance records, in order to help these 'students' get into post-secondary schools. Such schools have grades 20-30% higher than public schools. 

While many Ontarians work hard for their grades, it seems that some high school students may have been able to purchase a variety of their grades without ever attending a single class. One Toronto teacher is speaking out after several private high schools in the GTA were accused of falsifying report cards for high school students, for the right price. It's reported that Toronto students who bought their grades allowed them to get into a variety of Canadian universities and colleges that they would have otherwise been rejected from. 

Alice Boyle, a recently retired public school teacher in York Region, told CityNews that some students have been buying their grades for the past decade. 

According to Boyle, students who were often struggling in public school would drop out and pay for grades in some of the private schools around the GTA. Boyle claims that students could give around $800 to a credit mill, where students would be asked what class and what grade they needed to get into university. 

However, this doesn't seem to be a new scheme. Back in 2011, the Toronto Star reported on the exact same issue, stating that multiple Ontario students were paying for their grades to get them into college. ...

This often included paying for a grade change, paying $100 to redo a test with limited supervision and access to the internet, or paying to have hard questions removed for a final test. 

Grades in these private schools are expected to be 20-30 percent higher than those that are earned by regular students. 






The NDP is demanding that the Ford government start investigating private schools to see whether they are giving grades for money and faking attendance. 

The NDP are calling on the Ford government to “reign in” Ontario private schools after an CityNews report found a handful of GTA schools were faking grades in exchange for cash.

Alice Boyle, a recently retired public school teacher in York Region who brought her concerns to CityNews, said things such as falsifying report cards, inflating marks and faking attendance records have been going on for years and claims the Ministry of Education isn’t doing enough to stop it.

“There’s a credit mill around here, you just walk over, plunk down your $600-$800 and sometimes, depending the school, they may ask you what mark you need for what course and you don’t have to go to a class.” she said.

NDP education critic Marit Stiles is calling for the Ford government to act swiftly to protect the integrity of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma.

“Private schools in Ontario are playing fast and loose with the rules while Doug Ford’s Minister of Education looks the other way,” Stiles said in a release on Thursday.

“These institutions are cashing-in on a ‘Wild West’ of lax oversight and students and families are paying the price. The Ford government and Minister Stephen Lecce should inspect these businesses, strengthen oversight, and take responsibility for protecting the integrity of the OSSD.”

Private schools operate independent of the Ministry of Education, but they still must pass provincial inspection before being given the green light to offer official Ontario Secondary School Diploma credits.

According to the Ministry’s website, more than 20 private secondary schools have had their credit-granting status revoked since 2013. ...

Many of those schools are in plazas and largely corporate buildings.

It’s no surprise these for-profit companies are circling Ontario’s public education sector just as Doug Ford is weakening our public schools with damaging cuts” Stiles said. “Ford needs to be up front with Ontarians and commit, unequivocally, that public dollars won’t be siphoned off to private schools, and private school students will be subject to the same rules as everyone else.”