Québec solidaire in turn calls for the resignation of Minister Roberge

Solidarity Quebec (QS) in turn calls for the resignation of the Minister of Education, Jean-François Roberge, due to his inability to provide each class with a teacher.

“I would have liked us to have a good Minister of Education. […] He did not succeed. […] He did not even succeed in being a drinking minister, ”launched Thursday the spokesperson for QS in education, Christine Labrie.

She followed in the footsteps of her sisters in Quebec Liberal Party (PLQ), Marwah Rizqy, et du Quebec Party (PQ), Véronique Hivon, who have both been calling for the departure of Mr. Roberge for months.

Ms. Labrie said at a press briefing that she had been “patient for a long time” with Jean-François Roberge, but that she could no longer tolerate students being left to their own devices without a teacher.

Yet this is what happened for two weeks to young people in Secondary V at Pointe-Lévy high school, on the South Shore of Quebec, Le Journal de Quebec reported Thursday.

The pupils did not learn any subject in their English and ethics and religious culture lessons for lack of teachers and substitutes.

These are supervisors who supervised the students, who spent several periods doing nothing, their eyes riveted on their cell phones.

“For me, this is not admissible, reacted Ms. Labrie. We have reached a point where the Quebec school is not even capable of ensuring every day that it fulfills its mission of educating children.

“I cannot tolerate this. […] Right now, it would be more useful by going to teach than by remaining Minister of Education, ”added the member for Sherbrooke.

Ms. Labrie is also sorry to see “all the partners in the education network lose confidence” and “the state of our schools deteriorate”, in addition to the fact that “the services are not there for them. students “.

This is without counting the management of the pandemic by Mr. Roberge which was “lamentable”, she said.

“There is still work to be done”, says Roberge

For his part, Minister Roberge maintains that he has been working to reduce the labor shortage in education since taking office in the fall of 2018.

“The first of the decisions I had to make, […] it was […] allow (re) people who have a bachelor’s degree in history, literature, mathematics to become teachers, ”he defended himself at the Salon Bleu.

“We worked, therefore, on the attraction, of course, of the workforce, on retention, on professional integration. Then, Mr. President, there is still work to be done, ”he added.

Thursday, the liberal leader Dominique Anglade spoke of a “loss of control” in the government and recalled that her party had called “on several occasions” for a change at the head of the Ministry of Education.

PQ leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon said he did not understand the prime minister’s reasons Francois Legault to provide “rock-solid protection” to Mr. Roberge.

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