During the COVID-19 Pandemic, report cards of high school students show that many are struggling, leading to calls for the Quebec government to lower the bar for CEGEP admissions. Data collected from 40 secondary schools by a province-wide group of school administrators showed that 20% of students are failing French, and a quarter of them are failing math. Education moving online has put a strain on all students, regardless of the level of education.
This event – Let’s Talk about Post-Secondary Education – the first annual peer-advisory event between Concordia students and soon-to-be graduate high school students – hopes to provide support for these high school students. The event has been planned and coordinated in collaboration with West Island Black Community Association (WIBCA). During this peer-advisory event, students in secondary 4 and 5 will have the opportunity to discuss with a peer-advisor from the Concordia community about post-secondary education. The conversations will be a maximum of 45 minutes per session. Peer-advisors will share their own experiences after graduating high school and answer any questions/concerns the student may have. In order to ensure the conversations go smoothly, peer-advisors are given thorough training prior to the session.