June 26, 2014 11:59 am
Updated: June 26, 2014 12:01 pm

B.C. gets top grades in education

B.C. has the highest number of people aged 25-64 with a high school diploma, at 91 per cent.

Steve Ruark / The Associated Press / File

Despite the ongoing labour strife in B.C. schools, our province is at the top of its class when it comes to education.

The Conference Board of Canada has released their first report card, comparing the education and skills of British Columbians to other Canadians, and around the world.

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“British Columbia is at the head of the Canadian class and among the top performers in the world,” said Michael Bloom, Vice-President, Industry and Business Strategy. “However, there are areas that require improvement for B.C. to fully capitalize on the talents of its students and workers.”

B.C. has the highest number of people aged 25-64 with a high school diploma, at 91 per cent.

The province also has the lowest proportion of students with “inadequate reading skills,” and the second-lowest proportion of students with “inadequate science skills.” B.C. also had the fourth-lowest proportion of students with “inadequate math skills.”

However, it isn’t all good news for B.C.

The province’s weakest areas were the number of PhD graduates and the number of graduates in science, math, computer science and engineering.

To view the full report by the Conference Board of Canada, click here



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