Montreal, November 18, 2013 – Education professionals must be front-line players
in the student retention policy implemented by the Ministère de l’Éducation du
Loisir et du Sport (MELS).
This statement comes from Johanne Pomerleau, president of the Fédération des
professionnelles et professionnels de l’éducation du Québec (FPPE-CSQ) upon the
launch of Education Professionals’ Week, which takes place from November 18 to 23
Act Before the Student Drops Out
“Minister Malavoy wants to make sure no young dropouts leave school without
personalized support adapted to their needs. We feel that the students must receive this
assistance before they consider leaving school because of being discouraged by
problems for which they did not receive any help, due to a lack of proper professional
intervention,” says Johanne Pomerleau.
It is a well-known fact that most students who drop out of school usually do so because
of academic or personal problems while they are in school. These are precisely the
problems addressed every day by the psychologists, psychoeducators, remedial
teachers and speech therapists who work behind the scenes in the schools.
For several years now, the FPPE (CSQ) has been saying that there are not enough
education professionals to effectively address the problem. In fact, more than half its
members must provide service to several schools (sometimes up to 19 schools per
“How do you expect a speech therapist, psychologist or psychoeducator to provide the
adequate follow-up to students they only see once or twice a year? Who, if not qualified
professionals, can intervene with students who are so discouraged by the problems they
are facing at school that they would rather sacrifice their future than go back?” asks
Stop Suffocating the School Boards and the Education Community
Two days ago, Minister Malavoy also stated that school boards will have to repay $100M
of the tax hikes collected in 2013 to make up for years of cutbacks in education.
“It makes us wonder what money we are going to use to achieve this student retention
policy. Are we going to ask the stakeholders, of whom there are not enough and who do
not have enough time, to do more?” concludes Johanne Pomerleau.
The Fédération des professionnelles et professionnels de l'éducation du Québec (FPPECSQ)
represents 20 unions with 7,300 members spread throughout most of Quebec’s
French, English, Cree and Kativik school boards. Among its members are various
categories of personnel from the administrative, educational and student services
sectors (among others, psychologists, psychoeducators, speech therapists, guidance
counsellors, remedial teachers, and spiritual care and guidance and community