I don’t understand why a parent must register their child in school based on Age Based Rights identified here where some are pretty lenient in my opinion. Why can’t a child register at the school they want to attend? They have the most to lose by attending a school they don’t like or don’t want to attend. In BC, a child who is a mature minor may make their own health care decisions independent of their parents’ or guardians’ wishes. BC has no set age when a child is considered capable to give consent. Click here or on the pdf file to read the School Act or an excerpt below.
(a) a guardian within the meaning of the Family Law Act, or
(b) a personal guardian within the meaning of the Infants Act;
“parent” means, in respect of a student or of a child registered under section 13,
(a) a parent or other person who has guardianship or custody of the student or child,
other than a parent or person who, under an agreement or order made under the
Family Law Act that allocates parental responsibilities, does not have parental
responsibilities in relation to the student’s or child’s education, or
(b) a person who usually has the care and control of the student or child;
13 (1) A parent of a child who is required under section 12 to provide the child with an
educational program must register the child on or before September 30 in each year with
(a) a school of the parent’s choice that is operating in British Columbia,
(a.1) if the child is an eligible child, a school referred to in paragraph (a) or (c), or a
francophone school of the parent’s choice that is operating in the francophone
school district in which the parent resides,
(a.2) if the child is an immigrant child, a school referred to in paragraph (a) or (c), or
a francophone school of the parent’s choice that is operating in the francophone
school district in which the parent resides but only if the francophone education
authority responsible for that school permits the parent to register that child, or
(b) REPEALED 2006-21-8, effective June 30/06, BC Reg 195/06
(c) an independent school operating in British Columbia.
(2) If, in accordance with subsection (1), a parent is entitled to register his or her child
with a school or, in the case of an eligible child or immigrant child, with a francophone school,
(a) the board that has jurisdiction over the school must ensure that the principal,
vice principal or director of instruction responsible for that school registers the
(b) the francophone education authority that has jurisdiction over the francophone
school must ensure that the francophone principal, francophone vice principal
or francophone director of instruction of that francophone school registers the
(3) A school or francophone school that registers a child under this section must provide
the child with access to educational services in accordance with the regulations.
(4) A person who contravenes subsection (1) commits an offence.
[1997-52-6 effective Aug. 1/97, BC Reg. 287/97; 2002-53-7, effective May 30/02, 2006-21-8, effective June 30/06, BC Reg 195/06]