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Few teachers volunteering for catch-up | Strikes in the public sector in Quebec

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In certain schools, no teacher volunteered to participate in Minister Drainville's catch-up plan. (Archive photo)

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Everything indicates that many parents will not be entitled to the additional services announced at the beginning of the month by the Minister of Education, Bernard Drainville, to “compensate” for the education that should have been offered to students. during the strike days observed by union members of the public network, at the end of 2023.

Generally speaking, few teachers have responded positively to the minister's call so far, confirmed the president of the Fédération québécoise des directions d'establishment d'enseignement (FQDE) , Nicolas Prévost, in an interview on ICI RDI, Tuesday morning.

In some schools, no one raised their hand, a- he added, referring to an internal survey recently carried out among FQDE members and the main points of which were published in the Journalon Tuesday.

There are exceptions of schools where no one answered the call and exceptions where, in some schools, the x27;all the staff responded positively, explained Mr. Prévost to Julie Drolet. But generally, I would tell you [that], when we took stock of the situation, few people responded positively.

This state of affairs risks calling into question the application of the $300 million catch-up plan presented on January 9 by Minister Drainville, which relies largely on the volunteering of the teaching staff.

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It could also lead to an unfair service offering, deplores Mr. Prévost.

All our students have the right to quality service – and that is what everyone wants, I am convinced, in the school teams too – but it remains difficult at present, and there will be a certain form of inequity.

A quote from Nicolas Prévost, president of the FQDE

Minister Drainville's plan asked school service centers and schools to determine before January 19 which students in difficulty could benefit from remedial measures and which teachers would be ready to work paid overtime to implement them.

He also anticipated that the parents of the identified students would be contacted this week. However, they will have to be ready to receive bad news, warns Nicolas Prévost.

If we are not able to find people , indeed, there are students who will find themselves without service, he recognizes, nevertheless stressing that the sums which will not be spent [in the short term] will still be available for the rest of the year and even the year 27. ;next year.

In theory, the additional services provided for in the catch-up plan should be offered starting next Monday. However, they will be different from one place to another, Minister Drainville having granted the necessary flexibility to school service centers and schools.

The tutoring offer, for example, will be expanded, and additional services for learning French will be made available to immigrant students.

Quebec students missed between 9 and 24 days of school at the end of 2023 due to the FAE's indefinite general strike from November 23 to December 28 and occasional FSE walkouts -CSQ. Agreements in principle have since been reached, but they have not yet been ratified by the members.

Union pressure tactics have been suspended in the meantime, which allowed a smooth return to school. Many specialists, however, have expressed fears about the delays experienced by students in schools where the strike has been longer.

Catch-up measures , according to the minister's estimates, should benefit half a million students. This figure could, however, be revised downwards if fewer teachers than expected volunteer.

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