Kindergarten to the public: Roberge not in favor of entrance exams

The Minister of Education, Jean-François Roberge, talks about the tests for access to nursery schools in public schools, but has no intention of intervening to put an end to this practice, which falls to the school service centers.

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Little Frédérique was unable to attend the same public school as her older brother because she failed the 4-year-old nursery school entrance test.  We see her on Thursday with her father Louis-Michel Langevin.

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Little Frédérique was unable to attend the same public school as her older brother because she failed the 4-year-old nursery school entrance test. We see her on Thursday with her father Louis-Michel Langevin.

The newspaper reported on Friday that a 4-year-old girl will not be able to attend the same public school as her older brother next year because she suspended the admission process, a situation reported by her parents.

At this Quebec school, the international education program is taught to all students, while other institutions offer the same training without selection.

“Selecting kindergarten students, separating siblings and choosing who will go to primary school, on the public network, should not be a preferred option. Now, that decision is up to the school service center. The school service centers are responsible for the organization of the school and the distribution of students among the schools in their territory, “said Minister Roberge in a written statement sent to the school. Register Friday.

For PQ MP Véronique Hivon, this is a “very clear and concrete illustration” of a “dysfunctional three-speed education system that we can no longer tolerate”.

“Passing the entrance exams for a four-year-old boy so that he can go to school in his neighborhood is not understandable. It’s the opposite of what public schools should offer, “he said.

Minister Roberge’s reaction “adds insult to injury,” adds Mjo Hivon. “If he doesn’t find it desirable, let him say it clearly and change things. That’s what politics is for, ”he said.

Mjo Hivon believes Quebec is ripe for a major project to eliminate inequalities in education.

A “hand in hand” to correct

For her part, Liberal MP Marwah Rizqy denounced an “administrative prestige that the Minister of Education should correct”.

The practice is legal, according to the ministry. A school may offer a special selective program in a public school as long as it also offers the regular program, accessible to all.

However, the Monseigneur-Robert school is one of the buildings of the Harmony school, an administrative structure that includes another establishment located 1.6 kilometers away, the Saint-Édouard school, where the usual program is Free.

“Pretending that two schools 1.6 km away are ‘one’ and the same school: this is a fallacy! Children have the right to attend school in their neighborhood, ”said Mr.jo Rizqy on social media.

The service center of the Première-Seigneuries school “greatly exaggerates the interpretation of the school itself,” he said. Registerwhile denouncing the presence of evidence of access to the public network for four years.

For her part, Solidarity MP Christine Labrie denounces “school segregation” within the public network.

Quebec solidaire, on the other hand, is proposing to ban “publicly funded” schools from selecting their students and making specific programs free of charge, in order to guarantee “equal opportunities”, it said in a post on social media.

The Center de services des Premières-Seigneuries explains that this particular program is offered to all students in the territory, instead of being reserved for students in the neighborhood, due to the high interest of parents in this training.

The number of applications for this program is twice the number of places available.

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