The CTV Montreal article today read: “Quebec Teachers Protest Against Report Cards, Other Issues.” To read the complete article, follow this link.
The new targets for academic success established by the Ministry of Education, Leisure and Sports (MELS) through its Partnership/Management Agreements is generating much concern among teachers who fear that they will be forced to grade their students easier in order to meet the success rate imposed on them. If teachers don’t evaluate students on their true abilities and knowledge, how can it be in the best interest of the students?
Moreover, after lengthy discussions concerning the integration of students with special needs, teachers are concerned about lengthy delays (which Ms. Line Beauchamp has said could drag on until the Fall of 2012). In the Government’s recent budget, $240 million was allocated for technology in education but nothing was allocated for special education!
Teachers throughout the province are invited to join QPAT, FSE-CSQ and other interest groups at a public demonstration at l’Assemblée Nationale in Quebec City on May 14th at 11 a.m.
This promises to be a massive event! For more information, you are invited to visit the FSE website (French or English). QPAT will be informing its members shortly through its website and possibly its Liaison newsletter, so stay tuned!
Of course, its a long way away to Quebec City for ESTA-AEES members so I invite you to participate in one of the following ways:
More than just words! ESTA teachers mobilize to show their dissatisfaction with the Government’s offer. We support QPAT negotiators! Solidarity!
Give us the means to meet the needs!