Drainville needs university company centres to be more accountable

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It can be time to transform the “society” of school assistance centres to make them far more accountable, says Bernard Drainville, who programs to introduce a new bill on school governance.

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The Minister of Instruction confronted a barrage of questions from opposition MNAs on Tuesday as they analyzed his department’s finances.

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He was challenged by his Liberal counterpart, Marwah Rizqy, on the problem of charges charged to parents, and urged the directors typical of school services centres to “talk up.”

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Rizqy gave the case in point of a father or mother who was outraged at obtaining to fork out more than $1,000 a calendar year for her youngster to have entry to community university transportation and lunch solutions, among the other matters.

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This is a “crushing blow” and a “shock” for families currently struggling with inflation, she explained.

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Minister Drainville explained dad and mom who are sad with the fees should go to their faculty assistance centre and check with for a overview of the payment routine.

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“You have to put the blame on the ideal conclusion maker,” he stated.

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“It is as if, as shortly as there is a dilemma someplace in a college … in Quebec, it must often be the minister who eventually has to remedy for everything, at all times, on almost everything that occurs,” he claimed.

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Hear on CJAD 800 Radio: CAQ-created college support centres are supplying Drainville a headache.

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“We will have to improve the culture all-around the operation of faculty services centres. Service centres are going to have to be a lot more and far more accountable for their conclusions,” he said.

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“The regulation states the administrators typical of the service centres are the official spokespersons of the system, so it truly is up to them to converse up and reveal their selections,” he included.

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PQ MNA Pascal Bérubé recalled that the university support centres ended up a “creation of the CAQ.”

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In February 2020, the Legault governing administration adopted Invoice 40 below a gag purchase, replacing school boards with support centres.

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Considering that then, he has been “very important of his have creation,” Bérubé reported. “What did we get?” he asked.

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Bill OF Rights

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The purpose of services centres came to the forefront in another challenge: students with distinctive demands. Rizqy questioned wait around times for obtain to specialised sources.

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This information, which is not readily available, is “in the general public curiosity,” Drainville acknowledged. Presently, the data is in the fingers of faculty company centres.

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“I would like to be equipped to access the facts considerably far more swiftly and proficiently … I invite the member for Saint-Laurent to continue being really attentive. We will have issues to say on this subject before long,” he mentioned.

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The minister verified on Tuesday that his federal government will table a next bill on college governance in a few many years. An “admission of failure,” reported Rizqy.

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CELLPHONES

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On the other hand, Drainville stated he was “open to thinking” about the possibility of drafting a national directive on the use of cellphones in schools.

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Bérubé pointed out that virtually each individual university student today has a smartphone, and that it is normally a distraction.

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“There is no nationwide policy on this situation,” reported the Matane-Matapédia MNA. “Would the minister be eager to consider about this concern so that there are at the very least national guidelines?”

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In accordance to Drainville, there are codes of perform beneath the authority of college councils that stipulate pupils ought to depart their smartphones outside the classroom.

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“There are educational institutions that have now regulated the use of smartphones inside the classroom,” he said. “Would I be open up to possessing a directive that applies to all universities? I am open to considering it.”

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This report by The Canadian Press was initially revealed in French on May possibly 2, 2023.