François Legault reiterates his confidence in his Minister of Education, Jean-François Roberge, targeted by many criticisms lately in connection with the deployment of measures to help students.
“We are currently experiencing a crisis that is unprecedented, then I would not like to have anyone other than him to manage this,” said the head of the Coalition Avenir Québec at a press conference Thursday.
For François Legault, his Minister of Education is “a guy who has experience, who has been a teacher” and “who has done a lot since he came here”.
A few hours earlier, the spokesperson for the Parti Québécois in matters of education, Véronique Hivon, had rather criticized Jean-François Roberge for making live the “torture of gout” in the middle of education with announcements “not tied ”.
“It’s because it puts everyone, the whole school environment under strain, never to be able to have answers for the parents who ask questions, for the teachers who ask questions, for the principals who ask questions. questions, ”she hammered at a press briefing on Thursday.
At the start of January, Jean-François Roberge announced the government’s new game plan to help students during a pandemic: canceled end-of-year exams, new tutoring services, modified report cards and more targeted concepts to teach called “essential knowledge. “.
However, nearly a month after the resumption of classes, the exact weighting of the two remaining reports is still pending, the “essential knowledge” too, deplores Véronique Hivon. And the call for volunteers for tutoring has just been launched, with very little means, she adds.
“Of the $ 33 million which was announced yesterday, for tutoring as such, it is 11 million […]. When we take into account the extent of the needs with the school administrators who have estimated that there should be around 30% of failure situations in the fall, it is obviously a drop in the bucket. ocean, ”she sighs.
On Thursday, Minister Roberge’s office was not able to specify when the announcements concerning the weighting of bulletins and “essential knowledge” would be made.