Decision to pause BC gifted students program receives mixed reactions

Last month, the University Transition Program for Gifted Students (UTP)–run by the Government of British Columbia, the Vancouver School Board, and the University of British Columbia–decided to halt enrolments for the September 2024-25 intake and conduct an external review of its operations. The program allows select BC students to fast-track their secondary school experience, enabling them to graduate in two years instead of five. UTP stated that the decision to pause admissions is largely due to mounting concerns surrounding the mental health of its students. However, CBC reports that some parents and alumni are apprehensive of the pause, believing that it might disrupt the curriculum for current students or lead to a permanent cessation of the program.