HALIFAX - The provincial government is giving more credit to high school students
On Wednesday afternoon, Education Minister Ramona Jennex announced eight new providers for the personal development credit launched last fall, which allows high school kids to gain an elective for extra-curriculars.
“Students learn in many different ways and they learn in many different places. They learn inside of our classrooms and outside of our classrooms,” Jennex said at the Alta Gymnastics Club.
Students who complete high levels and lots of hours in their programs can qualify for half or full elective credits.
The new providers include Gymnastics Nova Scotia, Italian Language School, Nova Scotia Equestrian Federation, Cadance Academy in New Minas, Lifesaving Society of Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Registered Music Teachers’ Association, Nova Scotia Scouts Canada and Skate Canada Nova Scotia.
“We really wanted to make a credit available to our students to recognize that the work they do outside of school is recognized as part of their education,” Jennex said.
Zach Longley has been practicing gymnastics since the age of 9, and said having a credit to recognizing his hard work would really help.
“I spend most of my time in the gym, so to get a credit for being here … would really help out, since sometimes I’m here when I have a test or something,” Longley said.
Both Jennex and Longley said students pick up important life skills through art or sport that will only help academic performance.
“You need a lot of determination to really go forward in the sport, and so you can kind of use that in school also, pushing yourself mentally to do better,” Longley said.