The spring break scheduled for early March will indeed take place this year, confirmed the Minister of Education, Jean-François Roberge, at a press briefing Tuesday afternoon.
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“We respect the collective agreement, we respect the school calendar. I think there are people who worried about this so I’m glad [de l’]announce a month in advance, which is still a lot in times of a pandemic, ”said Minister Roberge.
In mid-January, the “Journal de Québec” reported that experts and players in the education community were opposed to the cancellation of the March school break. However, it has been named on numerous occasions as one of the causes of the first wave of COVID-19 due to travel abroad.
Also, the tutoring program will be rolled out very soon. “I was assured this morning that it was going to start quite quickly. I was talking to general management of Service Centers [scolaires] this morning, and I was told that in some cases it will start this week, ”he said.
Using an analogy with the success of the Montreal Canadiens, the minister praised the work of the teachers. “They are like the center of the first trio of education. (…) There are teachers, parents and students. What drives young people to succeed is a lot this trio, ”he says. This is without counting the work of support staff, professionals and school principals, among others.
Jean-François Roberge reiterated that the government was determined to improve the learning conditions of students.
The minister also indicated that he would wait for the results of the first reports soon to quantify the risk of failure among students. Normally, the results of ministerial examinations are used as a guide. But these have been canceled due to the pandemic.
Mr. Roberge awaits these results before specifying what weighting will have the last ballot.
Regarding the five days of strike voted by teachers, the Minister of Education said he was confident to come to an agreement on a new collective agreement in order to prevent strikes from taking place.
“Some people think it’s long, I agree, I think it’s long too. I had a conversation with the president of the Conseil du trésor, Sonia Lebel, not very long ago and this conversation gave me confidence that things were going to move quickly and that we were going to come to a wait quickly ” , he said.
Remember that the members of the CSQ who work in education voted 73% in favor of a strike.
– With Vincent Larin | QMI Agency