The Minister of Education acknowledges that students will be late at the end of the school year this year, another consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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“We must not count history, there will be delays this year in the teaching conditions and with what happened last spring. You have to be lucid and that is why we are always ready to adjust if necessary, ”explained Jean-François Roberge in an interview with Mario Dumont.
The government claims to have made certain changes to avoid dropping out, particularly among high school students.
The minister admits that there is not enough computer equipment for primary school students and that we will favor the good old method of homework.
Teachers will have to be proactive, make calls, make sure that the students make progress.
“It’s not ‘come to terms with this!’ The teachers have planned an educational course. You come back to school on January 11, that’s the goal, ”added Minister Roberge.
The opposition parties are puzzled by the plan proposed by the government. “We remember, it is variable geometry contact with teachers,” said Liberal MP Marwah Rizqy.
According to her, it is hard to believe that the children will do well in their ministerial exam on January 14, just three days after the start of the classroom on the 11th.
PQ member Véronique Hivon believes that it is the government’s job to support young people, especially if the forced leave were to be extended. “The support will be there, we will not let go of the students. We will have, for example, mental health squads, psychosocial support, ”she said.
Active cases of COVID-19 have been identified in 1,204 Quebec schools out of a total of nearly 3,000 establishments, according to the latest report dated Monday, December 14.
The school network has 1,503 groups in isolation, a peak since the start of the school year. Thirteen establishments are now closed or partially closed.