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.
According to the Star, multiple private schools are known for and have been shut down, for allowing students to get better grades in exchange for money.
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.
According to City News, multiple private schools have been shut down over the past few years due to this. In 2018, North Toronto Private Highschool was shutdown in Thornhill after documents revealed that a 98 percent was given to a student who never attended any classes.
However, Boyle argues that just because the schools are shut down, doesn't mean that the buying of grades stops. Often, these schools reopen under different names.
City News states that back in 2013, Canadian Nobel Academy was shut down after they were accused of letting students buy their grades. However, this location has now been replaced by a school named Toronto Nobel Academy that is being run by the same principle as the original school.
The Ministry told City News that private schools are inspected at least once every two years for unethical behavior.
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