As a group, youth in care do not do as well as other youth in school. Only 51% of youth in care graduate from high school, versus a 90% graduation rate for the general population.
The Representative for Children and Youth has released a report addressing issues around education for youth in care on October 26 called Room for Improvement: Towards Better Outcomes for Children in Care. The report advocates for the provincial government to take action to reduce significant gaps in the academic achievement of children and youth in care, including the provision of specific funding to each school district dedicated to supporting the learning needs of these students.
The report also calls on the Minister of Education to strengthen accountability for the academic achievement of students in government care, and for the Ministry of Children and Family Development to ensure that children and youth in care are supported to recover from trauma so that its impact on their learning is reduced.
Read the full RCY report here.
View the press release here.