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06/24/2014 02:38 EDT | Updated 08/23/2014 05:59 EDT

B.C. teachers' strike: Essays scrapped from some of Tuesday's exams

Students taking certain provincial exams on Tuesday will not have to complete previously required essay questions, the B.C. Ministry of Education revealed Monday afternoon.

Written portions of the Social Studies 11 and English 10 exams have been removed, however students will still need to complete the multiple choice sections.

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In an email sent out to superintendents across B.C., the Deputy Minister of Education Rob Wood cited concerns “related to the quality and validity of the marking” for these specific exams as the reason for removing the written sections.

One written response question will remain on the English 10 exam.

Under normal circumstances, the exams would be marked by teachers. However, due to the ongoing labour dispute and teachers' strike across the province, the task is left to school administrators. 

Student scores will be assessed based on the reduced set of questions and will be “adjusted accordingly,” said the Vancouver School Board’s website.

Students have the option to rewrite any provincial exam within a one-year period, and those wishing to retake the cancelled sections of the exams can do so online in November.

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