Graduation rates remain low in Northern BC

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Peace River North continues to have one of the lowest graduation levels in British Columbia.

In a release Tuesday from the Ministry of Education, the graduation rate in the Peace River North area was 66.3 per cent for all students in 2009/2010.

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In the Peace River South area, that number is only slightly lower at 64.9 per cent. Fort Nelson also continues to have a low completion rate of 60.8 per cent.

The provincial average had a small increase to 79.7 per cent.

Aboriginal students continue to have a low completion rate across the province, including a 54.7 per cent rate in the Peace River North area and a 45.7 per cent graduation rate in the Peace River South area.

Completion rates are determined by tracking the number of students entering
Grade 8 who then graduate within six years with a Dogwood diploma, B.C.’s secondary school graduation certificate.

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