A call has been made to the administrators of educational establishments by the Centrale des syndicats du Québec (CSQ) and its Fédération du personnel de l’enseignement privé (FPEP-CSQ), in order to establish measures to lighten the workload of teachers at the start of the ongoing school year.
In total, the CSQ and the FPEP-CSQ are asking for four actions, which, in their opinion, will make a difference for all workers of the private sector.
First, they want to put an end to “abusive pedagogical differentiation”, which consists in treating teachers who work in private schools differently.
“Like what happened in our public school system, the situation hasn’t been easy for the staff in private educational institutions over the past two years of the pandemic,” said Éric Gingras, president of the CSQ.
The request follows the thinking that “a teacher in a private school isn’t a private teacher”, which the unions advocate.
The second action is to cancel the project of forced online teaching. The unions assure, via press release, that the educational and working conditions won’t be there, and that this type of education must be prohibited.
The CSQ and the FPEP-CSQ are also asking to put an end to the schedule overload, with tasks that are outside the pedagogical framework.
They’re saying that “staff must be freed up, especially during pedagogical days, so that they can devote themselves fully to the heart of their job.”
The fourth action required is to give teachers more freedom as to the pedagogical strategies to adopt for student success. (J.B./IJL)