François Legault has his share of responsibility in the “chaotic” management of the pandemic by his Minister of Education, believes the PQ member Véronique Hivon.
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“Mr. Legault does not lend all the assistance he should give to someone who claims that education is his top priority and who arrived by telling us that as Premier of Quebec, ”said the spokesperson for the Parti Quebecois in education, Friday.
The day before, Véronique Hivon had criticized the Minister of Education, Jean-François Roberge, for bringing “the torment of the last straw” to teachers and other actors in the field with vague announcements.
François Legault then went to the defense of his minister by affirming that he “would not want to have anyone other than him to manage” the current crisis.
However, beyond the crisis, the results of the reforms promised by the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) are still not forthcoming, notes Véronique Hivon, pointing to the record number of resignations of teachers.
“There is nothing that has improved. And the teachers, who should be the top priority, the promotion of teachers, well, the opposite is evident. We will be in a record year for the loss of staff, ”she lamented.
According to Véronique Hivon, the government must therefore quickly change its approach and start negotiating “in good faith” with teachers as part of the renewal of their collective agreement in order to improve their working conditions.
Friday, “Le Journal de Montreal” reported that the number of teachers who have resigned has never been higher in five years in several school service centers, a basic trend that the pandemic seems to have accelerated.
According to Quebec solidaire education spokesperson Christian Labrie, it is “ridiculous” to celebrate the increase in enrollments in teacher programs without taking into account resignations in the field, as is done by Minister Jean-François Roberge.
“Especially when you consider that the dropout of new graduates is high and that resignations are on the rise, even among experienced teachers. If education were really the CAQ’s priority, they would have already found the means to sign a collective agreement that promotes the retention and recruitment of teachers, ”she said.