MONTREAL, OCTOBER 12, 2012 – The English Montreal School Board says parents should listen closely to what newly appointed Minister of Education, Leisure and Sports (MELS) Minister Marie Malavoy has stated about the teaching of English in French schools.
Ms. Malavoy said she wants to abolish the practice of mandatory English lessons starting in Grade 1; slow down the implementation of intensive English in Grade 6; and change a high-school history course to increase the focus on the national-unity debate.
“I think these comments further underline the benefits for parents whose children have eligibility to attend schools in the English public education system,” said EMSB Chairman Angela Mancini. “Students in the French system do not have the same opportunity to graduate bilingual and biliterate as ours do. As a result, the English system affords great advantages in this regard.”
As for the national unity debate becoming part of the curriculum, EMSB Vice-Chair Sylvia Lo Bianco added: “As educators, we need to differentiate between exposing students to different political ideologies and promoting political ideologies. Our responsibilities are limited to the former and exclude the latter.”