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MANITOBA Education is phasing out a flexible credit option for high school students that allows them to complete coursework at their own pace.
Students in grades 9-12 will no longer be able to sign up for an independent study option course, known as an ISO, starting September 2021.
The distance learning option has been touted as a way to give public school students, homeschool students and adult learners flexibility in completing their courseload.
Students typically work independently while having some access to a tutor via email or phone, with a 12-month deadline to complete a course.
Starting next fall, students will be required to finish a distance learning credit within a term.
"We are refocusing funding for a more effective distance learning experience via the InformNet High School and the Teacher Mediated Option," Education Minister Kelvin Goertzen said in a statement, in which he stated the province’s commitment to ensure high-quality remote learning options for high school students.
The former replacement is an online high school for students, which uses the Brightspace platform. The latter includes live remote instruction through online classes and phone. The province is spending $900,000 to expand both programs.
As of mid-October, there have been 1,014 independent study registrations in the 2020-21 academic year. Students who have already signed up for the course option will be required to finish it before June 2021.
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