Toronto

Africentric high school decision deferred

Plans to create Toronto's first Africentric high school at Oakwood Collegiate have been put on hold after protests from the community.

Plans to create Toronto's first Africentric high school at Oakwood Collegiate Institute have been put on hold after protests from the community.

Officials from the Toronto District School Board joined hundreds of community members Tuesday night for a special meeting at the school on St. Clair Avenue West and Oakwood Avenue.

It was the first opportunity for public feedback on the proposed school, which would open at Oakwood Collegiate in September.

Many who attended the meeting said the proposal would segregate the school. But others spoke in favour of the proposal, saying something has to be done to combat a 40 per cent dropout rate among black students.

After hearing passionate arguments from students, parents and teachers about the merits of the proposal, the board decided to defer a decision until the public could be consulted further.

Students and parents had complained that they were caught off-guard by news of the proposed Africentric school, which many first heard of through a leak to the media over the weekend.

Toronto already has an elementary Africentric School, which opened in 2009 on the premises of the Sheppard Public School in the city's north.

 

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