“The Treasury Board President Martin Coiteux was quoted as saying ‘the work to balance the budget places youths at the heart of Québec’s priorities’ but we see it as a budget built on the backs of our students,” said D’Aoust.
The provincial budget also specified that funding for bullying programs would now be allocated to the Family Ministry as opposed to Education. “Bullying programs are managed and implemented by school boards; how will these programs be monitored by the Family ministry and how will they be able to support school boards anti-bullying and anti-violence programs?” asked D’Aoust.
“The question we must ask ourselves; how will our school boards cope and what will be the effect on students and our English-speaking communities?” concluded D’Aoust.
QESBA is the voice of English public education in Québec representing some 100,000 students.