Reform Update of december 8, 1997
and Enrolment of Students for the 1998-99 School Year
The Québec education
system is undergoing the most important reform in its history. On July 1, 1998,
the existing Catholic and Protestant school boards will be replaced by new French-language
and English-language school boards. The changes under way will affect student
admission and enrolment, both of which are very important to parents,
schools and school boards. The ministère de lÉducation and
the school boards will do everything they can to simplify matters for parents.
Admission is the
procedure by which parents ask a school board to provide educational services
to their child and by which the school board recognizes that it has the authority
to do so.
Enrolment is the
procedure by which the school board tells the parents, after they have expressed
their choice, which school their child will attend.
In any given territory,
there will always be two new school boards, one French, the other English.
The only exceptions are the Cree, Kativik and du Littoral school boards, which
provide educational services in both French and English.
With the exception of these
three school boards, students living in a given territory will necessarily be
admitted to either the French-language or English-language school board. The
same is true for students placed in a reception centre in that territory.
Regardless of their mother
tongue, all children in a given territory may be admitted to the French-language
Only students who have a
certificate of eligibility for instruction in English may be admitted to the
English-language school board, if they or their parents so choose. Parents
enrolling their child for the first time in an English-language school board
in 1998-99 must either supply a certificate of eligibility for instruction in
English or apply for such a certificate.
Admission will be particularly
important this year, as it will have an impact on:
- the distribution of schools
between the new school boards;
- the reassignment of personnel;
- the drawing up of the
electoral list for the school elections to be held in June 1998;
- the collection of school
Most of these activities
are exceptional and will not be repeated every year.
It is vital that school
boards admit only those students who fall under their jurisdiction. Otherwise,
parents right to vote in the school elections may be compromised, since
the electoral lists will be drawn up on the basis of the information received
from parents at the time of their childrens admission.
At the outcome of the admission
procedure, all parties involved know under which school board a student falls.
However, which school he or she will attend is decided only at the time
Students must always be
admitted to and enrolled at the school board which has jurisdiction over the
area in which they are living. If, for a special reason, parents want their
child to attend a school that is part of another school board, the school board
which admitted the child may make an agreement with the other school board so
that it will provide educational services to the child.
It is also at the time of
enrolment that students or their parents choose among Catholic religious and
moral instruction, Protestant moral and religious education, and moral education.
and Enrolment Period
The admission of students
for the coming school year is usually carried out at the end of winter, in February
or March. Exceptionally this year, it may begin as early as December. The exact
dates will vary from one school board to another.
In 1998-99, because of the
various activities based on student admissions, some of the new school boards
may admit and enrol students in two separate steps; others may do so simultaneously.
The provisional councils are responsible for giving parents all of the information
they need to ensure the smooth running of these operations.
an Eye on Kindergarten for Five-year-olds
decision to change over to full-day kindergarten has raised many questions and
has involved the adoption of a number of legislative, financial and pedagogical
After the basic school regulation
was amended so that kindergarten could be offered on a full-day basis, additional
teachers were hired. In fact, it is estimated that the original number of kindergarten
teachers, close to 2 500, has doubled. Exact figures will be available
in January 1998. In addition to hiring new teachers, the ministère de
lÉducation granted $110 million to the school boards for refurbishing
or building classrooms. This amount included $100 per child for the purchase
of non- consumable teaching materials. Out of 2 000 new classrooms in 151
school boards, less than 40 (2 percent) were not completed by early October.
As promised by the Minister
of Education, Pauline Marois, a follow-up committee will examine all of the
issues related to full-day kindergarten. It will gather the opinions and recommendations
of individuals and organizations in the school system as well as those of parents.
A committee in charge of revising the preschool education program will assess
the relevance of these recommendations and will propose changes to the Minister.
The official version of
the preschool education program is scheduled for release in May.
SHOULD YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS
about the education reform, please contact the Ministère's regional
office in your area.
next issue will look at:
- Amendments to the Education
purpose of Education Reform Update is to keep readers up-to-date on the progress
of the reform set out in A New Direction for Success: Ministerial Plan of Action
for the Reform of the Education System. The newsletter is published by the communications
branch of the ministère de l'Éducation, in cooperation with the
office of the Deputy Minister of Education.
of Communications: Daniel Legault
Coordinator: Michel Moisan
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