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Teachers from General Brock Elementary School wave to cars outside the school and hold up signs while on strike in Vancouver, British Columbia March 5, 2012. (BEN NELMS/REUTERS/BEN NELMS/REUTERS)
Teachers from General Brock Elementary School wave to cars outside the school and hold up signs while on strike in Vancouver, British Columbia March 5, 2012. (BEN NELMS/REUTERS/BEN NELMS/REUTERS)

Teachers dispute prompts UBC to accept Grade 11 marks for admission Add to ...

The University of British Columbia says it will accept students’ Grade 11 marks for early admissions because high school teachers have been refusing to hand out report cards.

The university’s senate passed a vote to address the ongoing teachers’ dispute, which has seen teachers skipping a list of administrative tasks.

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The university says it typically relies on spring report cards to determine whether students qualify for early admission, as those decisions are usually made in April.

The school says some students may not have those spring report cards ready, so instead it will be relying on marks from Grade 11 and from completed Grade 12 courses.

Some students have expressed concern that the teachers’ dispute will put their university admissions at risk because many of the marks they would need for their applications aren’t ready.

The Liberal-dominated legislature is expected to pass back-to-work legislation later today, putting an end to the teachers’ job action, but it’s not clear whether that will come soon enough for students applying to university.

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