Academic or Applied? A new report says students shouldnt have to choose

A new report says students shouldn't have to choose between "academic" and "applied" streams when they enter high school.

The report is from People for Education, a lobby groups that says dividing students contributes to lacklustre grades for students in lower income families.

``Dividing students in this way has only exacerbated inequality,'' Annie Kidder, the executive director of People for Education told the Canadian Press.

When students start Grade 9, they must choose either applied courses, which focus on essential concepts and practical applications, or the academic stream, which employs theory and abstract problems.

Students in applied courses scored lower on test and were less likely to graduate than those in academic courses.

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