58 will no longer equal 60: Education Minister

Quebec's Education Minister has sent a letter to schools saying a failing grade is a failing grade and there should be no more beneficial bumping going on.

Grade inflation has been mentioned as a serious problem, in particular at the high school level. In some cases students would be given a passing grade of 60 per cent when their actual score was closer to 58 or 59 per cent. In others a grade may have been as low as 55 per cent.

Minister Jean-François Roberge told Journal de Montreal, the Ministry will no longer round up if a student fails by just a couple of marks. He said students must be able to pass on their own and not because of an artificially inflated result.

When the debate over grade inflation picked up steam two years ago, numbers made public showed about 1.6 per cent of all Quebec students had been given the boost to pass their class. Then Education Minister Sébastien Proulx acknowledged his Ministry had been giving the extra percentage point or two for some students who fell just short of passing their ministry exams.

A 2017 survey conducted by the Fédération autonome de l'enseignement (FAE) found that 47 per cent of the 630 primary and secondary school teachers polled said that some of the grades they had given students since 2015 had been increased to a pass without their consent.