Teachers deplore the message of the Minister Courchesne

    MONTREAL, Oct. 15 /CNW Telbec/ - The message sent to parents by Minister
Courchesne last week differs in many ways from the message sent to teachers.
    Minister Courchesne states in her letter to parents that specific
measures will be taken regarding French as a Second Language and French
immersion in English schools and says to teachers that she wants to facilitate
"the work you do as teachers". However, even though the material was promised
for "the first few days of schools" it is still not available.
    While Mrs. Courchesne says that the "manuals have already been produced"
for the new Ethics & Religious culture, and that practical tools are available
on the MELS website, the minister omits to say that the material and the tools
are only available in French.
    While Mrs. Courchesne mentions the implementation of an action plan to
foster success for handicapped students and students with social
maladjustments or learning difficulties, teachers have yet to see any concrete
application of these new measures and do not expect to see any before next
    QPAT has publicly denounced the lack of textbooks and has repeatedly
requested that material be simultaneously provided to English schools. The new
measures are scheduled for the fall, winter is just around the corner and
English schools are still waiting to receive the material.

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For further information: Serge Laurendeau, (514) 694-9777, (514)

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