Protector of the pupil: a bill that does not go far enough

Protecteur de l’élève: un projet de loi qui ne va pas assez loin

Just filed, the bill strengthens the independence of the Protector of the student could move to the door, because the opposition parties found that it did not go far enough.

For the Parti québécois, the bill is “necessary”, but has shortcomings. “I am very concerned to see that the Protector of the student does not apply to private schools,” said the mp Carole Poirier.

“It seems that the minister has done the work in half. It is too little too late”, stresses Jean-François Roberge, a member of the Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ). The CAQ believes a Protector of the student national, instead there is one per school board.

The minister of Education, Sébastien Proulx, however, was confident Wednesday that his proposal would be accepted.

Even if the opposition parties did not intend to obstruct, the liberal government may not use its single majority for the adoption of new legislation. For the three weeks of parliamentary business remaining before the election, it must obtain the agreement of all opposition parties.

Each school board

This bill provides that it is the minister of Education who appoints a Protector of the student in each school board. Mr. Proulx would make “a clean sweep” of those who are in place at the present time and who have been appointed by the school boards, in order to replace them with people who are more independent.

If a complainant is not satisfied with the response, he may apply to the québec ombudsman, who reports to the national Assembly. Private schools should establish a formal procedure to review complaints.

Corinne Payne, president of the Fédération des comités de parents (FCPQ), to implore the mps to put partisanship aside in order to hear quickly. “Please, don’t let it hang out.”

According to her, the draft law tabled by the minister Proulx represents “a huge step” for the children and is expected for more than 5 years by the FCPQ.

At the present time, many parents whose children are bullied or do not have the adequate services will become discouraged and prefer to change their child’s school or school to home, because they see no other solution.

The Fédération des commissions scolaires registered in false and finds that the bill goes too far by increasing all that surrounds the Protector of the student. According to her, smaller changes have allowed us to ensure its independence.

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