KIRKLAND, QC, March 30, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - With Quebec's election day
rapidly approaching, the Quebec Provincial Association of Teachers
(QPAT) calls on the candidates of all the political parties to focus on
the needs of the public education system. "We have seen major recurring
cuts in public schools for the past several years. These cuts have
placed a huge stress on our public education system," said Richard
Goldfinch, president of QPAT. "QPAT deplores the fact that the needs of
students and teachers in the classroom have not been front and centre
for all the parties in this electoral campaign".
Too often, QPAT teachers struggle to make do with the decreasing budgets
allotted to our public schools. Whether in large inner city schools in
need of maintenance or the lack of professional support for our smaller
schools in outlying areas, teachers continue to give their best in less
than favourable situations. The political parties have failed to talk
So far in this campaign, the political parties have spoken about
education in sound bites: the bureaucracy will be reduced, the drop-out
rate will fall, school success will improve. None of the parties has
spoken of the long-term investment needed to maintain our public
education system among the best in the world. Teachers have worked
hard to build this system and they need a commitment from the parties
that they will have the resources needed to maintain and improve it.
QPAT believes that education must once again become a provincial
priority because education impacts on all aspects of Quebec society. To
ensure that Quebec is able to develop a strong and vibrant economy it
needs to have real investment in its public education system. A society
that truly values its public education system and the students it
serves has healthier, more engaged citizens and is the better for it.
The Quebec Provincial Association of Teachers, founded in 1864, is the
federation of teachers in the English public schools in Quebec. It
represents 8,000 members.
SOURCE: Quebec Provincial Association of Teachers
For further information:
Executive Assistant, QPAT