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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/2723

Title: Narrowing opportunities for adults in Ontario secondary schools
Authors: Mombourquette, Fay
McEwan, Robert
McBride, Andy
Keywords: formal education
schooling
adult education
at risk persons
disabilities
educational opportunities
educational policies
educational research
educationally disadvantaged
ESL
females
financial support
government school relationships
high school equivalency programs
minority groups
secondary education
student characteristics
Issue Date: 1999
Publisher: Centre for the Study of Education and Work, OISE/UT
Series/Report no.: NALL Working Paper;9
Abstract: A survey of five school boards, this study shows that the net result of the several changes made to education policy by the Ontario Ministry of Education has been a seriously eroded system of education for adults characterized by an overall reduction in educational opportunities and an increase in the variability of programs from Board to Board. The population demonstrated to be most negatively affected by these changes is that group of adults who do not have an OSSD and are economically disadvantaged; additionally, within this population exists groups of students who are even more disadvantaged. These groups: people with disabilities, visible minorities, women, and students who are taking English as a Second Language (ESL), continue to be disproportionately represented in the population of adults who are enrolled in the publicly-funded secondary school system. The new system of adult education increases the burden on these disadvantaged groups making it even more unlikely that they will be able to benefit from the philosophy of life-long learning espoused by the current government of Ontario, and particularly the Ministry of Education. Even in the first year of the new system, the effects of the changes in grants were seen in the dramatic decrease in the number of adults enrolled in secondary school programs
URI: http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/depts/sese/csew/nall/res/09narrowing.pdf
http://hdl.handle.net/1807/2723
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