School District 73 report uncovers interesting statistics

By James Peters
January 22, 2016 - 11:19am

KAMLOOPS — For the first time in recent memory, a higher percentage of boys finished high school in School District 73 last year than girls.

A new report heading to the Board of Education next week shows the number of girls completing school dropped by 3.6 per cent last year.

Assistant Superintendent Alison Sidow says it's hard to say whether that's the start of a trend.

"Right now it appears to be a bit of an anomaly, our females have been our strongest demographic in terms of performance and to see a dip of 3.6 per cent, which would appear to be just out of the blue does sort of lend itself to us wondering if whether or not it is just a blip in the statistics," Sidow told CFJC Today.

On another note, School District 73 is making headway in its quest to see more first nations students get their high school diplomas.

A report going to the Board of Education next week shows 73 per cent of eligible aboriginal students completed high school last year.

That's an increase of more than 4 per cent over the year before, and a full 10 per cent higher than the provincial average.

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