Editorial Cartoon by Graeme MacKay, The Hamilton Spectator – Tuesday May 10, 2022
Ontario Liberals pledge they would bring back Grade 13 on an optional basis
The Ontario Liberals would reintroduce an optional Grade 13 to allow students to catch up on learning lost during the COVID-19 pandemic, leader Steven Del Duca said on the campaign trail Friday.
The measure that would be brought in if the Liberals were elected next month would not be a “victory lap,” the party leader said, and would be available for a minimum of four years.
“This is going to be a structured option for our kids,” Del Duca said in a park near a high school in Kitchener, Ont.
“Structured so that they can get more mental health supports, so that they can learn more about personal finances, so that they can learn more about civics and citizen engagement and all of the tools that they need to be able to catch up from the past couple of years.”