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Compensation for B.C. exam errors

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 10:27 PST, Mon March 1, 2021

Last Updated: 10:36 PST, Mon March 1, 2021

B.C.’s Education Ministry is righting a wrong.

Fulfilling the final two recommendations from the Office of Ombudsperson report Course Correction: The Minister of Education 2019 Provincial Exam Errors, a compensation fund is, as of today (March 1), accepting applications online for students who can demonstrate losses or expenses that arose from the June 2019 provincial Grade 12 exam tabulation errors.

Apology letters are being sent to all students whose exam marks were impacted.

The ministry previously acted on four of the six recommendations in the report released last Aug. 20, relating to processes and protocols for quality assurance, escalation of issues and communication protocols.

There will be a clear process for individuals to apply for reimbursement, which is open online: www.gov.bc.ca/2019grade12examcompensation.

The ministry has worked to establish a fair and transparent process for receiving, reviewing and determining compensation claims. An independent third party will provide adjudication services for the compensation fund. Applicants will be notified of claim decisions and the reasons for claim validity or denial. There will also be a detailed process for appeal.

Following the errors, the ministry made immediate changes to policies and procedures to ensure a more rigorous process is used for processing provincial assessments, which are no longer tied to grades.

Claim submissions and adjudication will take place to May 24. Compensation will be issued for validated claims by this August.

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