Teachers on the picket line at Langley Secondary where the strike has caused last minute changes to students doing their provincial exams this week.

Teachers on the picket line at Langley Secondary where the strike has caused last minute changes to students doing their provincial exams this week.

School district announces last-minute changes to exams

Changes to Grades 10 and 11 exams announced; summer school seems unlikely.

Concerns over who can mark provincial exams has caused a last-minute change to  the tests, as students are given no choice but to adapt.

On the Langley School District website, a note to students has been posted that the Ministry of Education has made changes to the English 10 and Social Studies 11 exam.

In English 10, students will complete the multiple choice question section and one written response question to a passage that they have read.

However, students will not be required to complete a longer written essay.

In Social Studies 11, students will complete the multiple choice question section only, and won’t be required to complete the essays.

Morning bus pick up times will remain the same as previously scheduled.  Return runs may be earlier than previously scheduled.

Summer school is also in limbo as the BCTF has indicated it will not have teachers teaching. Report cards for elementary school kids won’t happen either. And a condensed version of marks will be mailed to high school students.

On Wednesday, the union said it will picket schools where summer school could be held.

Meanwhile, the B.C. Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils are pushing for bargaining reform.

“Parents want an end to the continual turmoil that disrupts our children’s education and a settlement to the current dispute. This broken confrontational bargaining system has hurt children and families for too long and it must be fixed,” said BCPAC president Nicole Makohoniuk.