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Upgrading your high school courses will now cost you

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July 07, 2015 - 6:30 PM

KAMLOOPS – Graduated adults looking to upgrade their high school courses, often to boost the GPA before applying to university, will now have to pay for those upgrades.

Yesterday, July 6, the board of education agreed to start charging graduated adults to take courses, effective immediately. A standard 110-hour class will cost $570. The only exception to this rule are courses part of the foundation series.

Foundation series courses are offered to adults with fairy large literacy and numeracy deficits and are often taken by new immigrants to Canada.

According to School District 73 Asst. Supt. Alison Sidow, the prices are subject to fluctuation as they are set by the Ministry of Education. The board is charging students on a cost recovery basis only; not profiting off the cost of courses.

In December 2014 the Ministry of Education announced that as of May 1 it would not fund classes for adults who already hold a high school diploma. Because the board believes students still have a right to upgrade courses, it was decided it would now have to come at a cost.

A graduated adult is defined as a student 19 years of age prior to July 1 of the current school year and who has completed the graduation requirements from a secondary school.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Dana Reynolds at dreynolds@infonews.ca or call 250-819-6089. To contact an editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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