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The National Assembly adopted Thursday morning the bill mainly amending the Public Education Act and enacting the National Institute Act of excellence in education from the Minister of Education, Bernard Drainville.

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The Drainville reform aimed at improving the efficiency of the education network will see the light of day, despite the numerous criticisms expressed over the past year by opposition parties, unions, and school directors. educational establishments and all that.

Bill 23 was adopted Thursday by the National Assembly. Seventy-six deputies from the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) voted in favor, while 29 elected officials from the Liberal Party of Quebec (PLQ), Québec Solidaire (QS) and the Parti Québécois (PQ) voted against.

The Minister of Education, Bernard Drainville, was warmly applauded after the adoption of the bill.

The detailed study of the legislative document in parliamentary committee ended last week. Its adoption at the Salon Bleu, in this context, was no more than a formality.

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Bill 23 was introduced in the previous parliamentary session, in May. It essentially aimed to grant new powers to the Minister of Education.

Since then, the legislative text has been modified, but several amendments tabled by the opposition, worried about the centralizing desires of Mr. Drainville, have also been refused, hence the objection of the PLQ, the QS and of the PQ.

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Its adoption comes as walkouts are increasing in the public sector in general, and in the education network in particular.

The Federation Autonomous Education (FAE) entered into an indefinite general strike on November 23, and members of the Common Front (CSN, FTQ, CSQ, APTS) will in turn stop reporting to work for seven days from Friday.

Together, these union units represent more than 150,000 teachers as well as tens of thousands of support employees in the education network.

By way of a press release, the CSQ also accused the Legault government of taking advantage of a crisis context to pass a reform that no one wants.

While the teaching, academic support and professional staff members of public schools are preparing to carry out a third strike sequence, there is unfortunately nothing in this reform to concretely improve their working conditions, deplored its president, Éric Gingras.

Minister Drainville, for his part, welcomed, also through a press release, the ;having taken an action that will improve the efficiency of the network.

“Law 23” will notably lay the foundations for the creation of the National Institute of Excellence in Education [INEE], he stressed. The Higher Education Council will therefore be dissolved.

Access to data will also be improved, argued the minister's office , which will allow better decision-making and access to faster and more reliable information.

Furthermore, the school record will follow students throughout their school career, even if they change school organization, he mentioned.

With this new legislation, the directors general of school service centers will now be appointed by the government on the recommendation of the minister and annual management and accountability agreements will be concluded, added the cabinet.

In commenting on the state of negotiations with the public sector, Prime Minister François Legault also underlined Thursday morning that Bill 23 will make accountable to the managers of the education network.

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The Drainville reform has been strongly contested since it was presented seven months ago. A demonstration against the bill was even organized on June 2 in front of the National Assembly.

The unions deplored in particular the fact that the bill legislative does not offer solutions to the labor shortage from which the education network is suffering, moreover accusing the minister of interference due to his desire to impose continuing training on teachers.

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