Véronique Hivon warned there is a crisis of confidence in the education system and predicted the Legault government may have to take steps to save “Private Roberge.”
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Jan 28, 2021 • 24 minutes ago • 1 minute read
Quebec Education Minister Jean-François Roberge is holding “a bomb” that may well go off in his face if he does not get his ministry in order, Parti Québécois education critic Véronique Hivon warned on Thursday.
In a withering statement to reporters that was laced with military metaphors, Hivon said there is a crisis of confidence in the provincial education system and predicted the Legault government is at the point of having to take steps to save “Private Roberge.”
Hivon pointed to the hiring of a new communications adviser for the education ministry as a sign that “things are serious.”
She also criticized Premier François Legault, accusing him of never having provided practical assistance to Roberge other than repeating that education is a government priority.
Hivon wondered if that is indeed the case, given what she characterized as the Legault government’s “non-assistance” and its “casualness and nonchalance” over the issues besetting Roberge’s ministry.
She also mocked Roberge’s announcement on Wednesday of a recruitment campaign for tutors desperately needed by the education system. “Wow. Big news,” she said. “We’ve been talking about tutoring since last May and nothing has been done. When will it be applied? What are the pay conditions? What are the needs on the ground?
“We still don’t know how the marking system will be weighted — the essential subjects. We’re halfway through the (academic) year!”
Meanwhile, said Hivon, the funding announced for the program is “a drop in the ocean” and students in difficulty might ultimately receive only a few hours of tutoring.
“Things are heating up,” she said. “It’s five minutes to midnight for Jean-François Roberge.
“He’s like someone who has a bomb in his hands, and who knows if he knows how to stop the detonator before it explodes in his face?”