EPCA reacts to the priorities of the Minister of Education

Montreal, January 26, 2023 – The English Parents’ Committee Association (EPCA) welcomes the Minister of Education's intention to improve the school network with a particular focus on educational success and is eager to learn more about the methods that will be used to carry out these priorities. EPCA would like to remind everyone that parents are an integral component of student success and that they play an important role and must not be forgotten. 

“EPCA places a high priority in promoting parent participation with their children in the educational system in Quebec and in the governing bodies. I would like to extend an invitation to the Minister to consider these concerns while formulating the strategies that will be implemented in the upcoming months. Parents are essential members of the educational community and express a desire to play a more proactive role,” said Katherine Korakakis, President of the EPCA.

The goal to make educational programs available to students in secondary schools across the province is something the EPCA applauds. It is crucial to guarantee that all pupils, especially those with special needs or those who come from underprivileged families, get access to these inspiring initiatives to ensure that this policy is helpful to all.

Furthermore, EPCA understands that the government is trying to mitigate the consequences of the labour shortage on student success, particularly in the classroom; however, we must be mindful of the ultimate objective of student success and not prioritize institutions and filled positions over the ability to meet the needs of all students.

“Although written French is important, it is not the only subject that the ministry should be focused on addressing. The pandemic impacted all students and all academic areas, and we need a solid catch-up plan,” said Katherine Korakakis, President of the EPCA.