Education, Higher Education and Health | The latest in the ministry bulletin

Quebec ministries have received their encrypted bulletin which was given to them by the Treasury Board for 2022-2023. The exercise is particularly merciless for Higher Education (below the passing grade), Education and Health, which find themselves in the last ranks.




Efforts to measure

The performance of 21 ministries and five public bodies was scrutinized by the Treasury Board, following the annual targets that each set itself. A Polaroid that looks like a road map that is particularly useful for some, this portrait reflects their respective successes, but also the very unequal challenges they face.

Sonia LeBel, president of the Treasury Board, considers this exercise important to “evaluate the services that the ministries provide to the population” and to “measure their efforts so that they improve. We chose to make this process transparent for citizens.”

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The CEGEP graduation rate “two years after the planned duration” of the DEC is only 62.1%, compared to a target of 64.8%.

Ministry of Higher Education

Global mark : 56%

Planned expenditures: 8.5 billion

This ministry only achieved 11% of the targets it set itself. In particular, it missed its CEGEP and university enrollment target “leading to jobs with a labor shortage.” The CEGEP graduation rate “two years after the planned duration” of the DEC is only 62.1%, compared to a target of 64.8%.

This ministry is particularly far from the mark when it comes to the transition rate from secondary to college. His goal was to reach a rate of 73% in 2022-2023, he only obtained 69.7%.

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Pascale Déry, Minister of Higher Education

Explanation offered by the office of Minister Pascale Déry: “It is clear that the results are not satisfactory. » This “low performance” is partly explained by “employment opportunities (which) compete with the pursuit of studies”.

PHOTO MARCO CAMPANOZZI, LA PRESSE ARCHIVES

The Ministry of Education has failed to narrow the achievement gap between boys and girls as it hoped.

Ministry of Education

Global mark : 62%

Expenses : 17.7 billion

In education, the Ministry said that in 2022-2023, 50% of buildings in the school network would be in satisfactory condition. We are at 39%.

Furthermore, the rate of obtaining a first diploma or qualification after five years of secondary school is seven percentage points lower than the target.

The Ministry has also failed to reduce the achievement gap between boys and girls as it hoped: the difference is 2.6 percentage points.

Rather than all public schools as promised, 85% of them offer one hour per day of extracurricular activities.

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Bernard Drainville, Minister of Education

Explanation from Minister Bernard Drainville’s office: “We take note of the findings”, “education is one of the government’s major priorities”. “We know that the status quo is not acceptable. » For 2023-2027, Bernard Drainville’s office ensures that it has “ambitious, innovative and more realistic targets”.

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The picture is bleak in terms of pending transaction requests.

Ministry of Health and Social Services

Global mark : 64%

Probable spending in 2022-2023: 52 billion

This ministry only achieved 32% of its own targets. In 2022-2023, we were targeting a maximum of 25,000 operation requests waiting for more than six months. We are at 49,041.

In oncology, the Ministry hoped that 77% of patients would be seen within 28 days or less. We are only at 54%.

For Youth Protection evaluations, the Ministry believed it could obtain an average waiting time of 21.4 days. We are at 44.5 days.

However, the objective for the number of people receiving home support was exceeded.

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Christian Dubé, Minister of Health and Social Services

Explanation from the office of Minister Christian Dubé: “Like everywhere in the world, we are faced with (a) labor shortage, an aging population and (a) network still weakened by the pandemic. (…) We are more than aware of the improvements to be made in the health network, especially in terms of access. (…) We monitor the targets of the strategic plan on a daily basis. »

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The Ministry of the Environment is well behind its own target for residual materials eliminated annually per inhabitant.

Minister of the Environment

Global mark : 79%

Expenses : 331 million (excluding expenditure related to special funds)

The ministry is well behind its own target for residual materials eliminated annually per inhabitant, and has not reached its target for the “percentage of reduction in risk indicators linked to pesticides”.

It also aimed for a percentage reduction in energy consumption of 100% both in terms of energy consumption and the consumption of petroleum products. We are far from there, with respective percentages in these respects of 76% and 42.6%. On the other hand, the “eco-responsible acquisitions” objective was exceeded.

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Benoit Charette, Minister of the Environment

Explanation from the office of Minister Benoit Charette: Invited to comment if it wished, the office of Benoit Charette, Minister of the Environment, the Fight against Climate Change, Wildlife and Parks told us that it would come back, but it didn’t.

PHOTO PATRICK SANFAÇON, LA PRESSE ARCHIVES

The SAAQ suffers in particular from an excessively high rate of deaths per 100,000 inhabitants.

Quebec Automobile Insurance Company

Global mark : 55%

Administration fees: 546.4 million

The SAAQ obtained 55%, the worst score of the five public organizations which were also evaluated. Despite the computer crisis which cost it more than 40 million and which will be the subject of an investigation by the Auditor General, the SAAQ, in its bulletin, is deemed to have obtained a score of 8.6 out of 10 with regard to of the “overall satisfaction” of its customers.

It suffers in particular from a too high rate of deaths per 100,000 inhabitants and too low “employee mobilization rates”.

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The SAAQ obtained 55%, the worst score of the five public organizations which were also evaluated.

Response from the office of the president and CEO, Éric Ducharme: The SAAQ says it takes note of “the results of the bulletin”, but it notes that there are fewer accidents on the roads and that “auto insurance contributions are still the lowest in Canada.

Big ministries, meager grades

François Dauphin, president and CEO of the Institute on Governance, welcomes the transparency exercise here, but is concerned that the ministries with the biggest budgets “are at the bottom of the class”.

There are too many indicators, difficult to compare, in his opinion.

This is also the opinion of Jean Bernatchez, professor of educational sciences at the University of Quebec at Rimouski. “It is much more complex to reduce the waiting time in emergency rooms than to respond to customers for the Ministry of Tourism,” he illustrates.

Also, he notes that “the Ministry of Housing (which is located at 9e ranking) seems quite good”, but following a CAQ logic valuing “private property rather than the right to housing”.

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The Minister of Tourism, Caroline Proulx, whose ministry comes in first place.

The good students

The Ministry of Tourism, almost all of whose targets simply revolve around visitor satisfaction, comes first. In third position (behind the Executive Council): Transport. For what ? Among other things, because of the targets achieved for “airport roadways in good condition” and “functional railway lines” under its responsibility.

The number of paratransit trips also exceeded the objective.

On the other hand, the proportion of roads in good condition remains insufficient. The same goes for public transport use, which is part of this bulletin from the Ministry of Transport.

The Treasury Board Secretariat and Finance complete the top of the table.

As for organizations, Retraite Québec and Revenu Québec obtain almost perfect marks.


reference: www.lapresse.ca

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