Saskatchewan high schools are having a conversation about the current graduation requirements and how those could change in the future.

That comes after the Curriculum Advisory Committee sent out surveys last year to see how schools felt about Saskatchewan's graduation requirements compared to other provinces.

That report, which went to organizations that included the Saskatchewan School Board Association, said that Saskatchewan fell in the middle compared to other provinces.

Aaron Hiske, the Deputy Director of Education for the Southeast Cornerstone School Division says that they've looked at a few of the possible changes they could make.

"The majority of our students have done really well being able to obtain that graduation stays even through the pandemic. The current requirements, with 24 credits and a certain breakdown of what you need to have in each of those disciplines, are attainable by a high number of our students but it would benefit from some revisions, it's been a while since that policy's been looked at."

That can include making some changes so that students from other provinces or countries have a better path to graduation.

"An example is, most notably I'd suggest that the most difficult is the acquisition of five english language arts credits through grades 10 through 12," said Hiske, "I know that's a barrier for some of our new Canadian students or a lot of our students that transfer into the Saskatchewan education system is those five credits of english language arts." 

Any changes would also work to create a better path from graduation for those headed to post-secondary schooling or the workforce.

"I think expanded opportunities for different pathways or students based on their post-graduation plans. whether it be the workforce, trade program, or university, and an ability to kind of streamline courses and course selections to kind of fit that chosen pathway," said Hiske, "That allows us to have students match their interests with future opportunities and as you can imagine high school course selection is a large part of that."