October 18, 2018

Québec City, October 18, 2018 – The Fédération des commissions scolaires du Québec (FCSQ) and the Quebec English School Boards Association (QESBA) congratulate Mr. Jean-François Roberge for his appointment as Ministre de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur.

Messrs. Alain Fortier and Dan Lamoureux would like to meet with Minister Roberge as soon as possible to reflect on the priority issues in education namely, free education, teacher shortages, building and renovating schools, and academic continuity.

FCSQ and QESBA presidents want to assure the Minister of their school boards’ full cooperation in seeking solutions to these issues in the best interest of students. “We all have one end in mind: ensuring the success of as many students as possible by delivering quality services adapted to their needs, regardless of their socio-economic or geographic situation,” jointly declared Messrs. Fortier and Lamoureux.

Education must be a priority in Québec if we want to address the many challenges facing our society and to pursue our economic, social and cultural development. The public-school network is counting on the new Minister of Education to proudly defend the interests of the public education system to ensure each student has the best chance of success.

The Fédération des commissions scolaires du Québec (FCSQ) regroups most francophone school boards in Québec and the Commission scolaire du Littoral. The school boards are local governments monitoring the school success of over one million students, by ensuring educational services to elementary, high school, adult and vocational centres students. They also provide vital services, particularly in terms of human, material and financial services. Furthermore, school boards are responsible of ensuring fair resource allocation among their establishments and providing safe school transportation, at all times.

QESBA is the voice of English public education in Québec and represents 100,000 students in 340 elementary, high schools and adult and vocational centres across Québec.