Each year, tens of thousands of students in Ontario return to high school because they need math and science courses for their jobs or post-secondary studies, delaying their entry into the workforce and ultimately costing the Canadian economy millions.
The deleterious impact of the so-called “victory lap” is laid out in a new report, released Tuesday, by the Let’s Talk Science organization and sponsored by biopharmaceutical company, Amgen.
The report, Spotlight on Science Learning: The High Cost of Dropping Science and Math, estimates that less than 50 per cent of high school students graduate with senior science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) courses, despite approximately 70 per cent of Canada’s top jobs requiring STEM education.
“We tried hard to capture that cost in a single national number,” Bonnie Schmidt, Let’s Talk Science founder, said.
“Unfortunately, though, no ministry tracks these ‘make up’ courses … in the way that would be needed to make this single calculation,” she said.
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