On June 19, the MELS announced numerous cuts in the funding of subsidized private schools. A cut that has gone rather unnoticed, but which will undoubtedly be very bad, is that of the RÉCIT of private education.
Last June, the Ministère de l'Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport (MELS) announced numerous cuts in the funding of subsidized private schools. There has been a lot of talk about the cuts to school transportation as well as the effects on middle-class families. A cut that has gone rather unnoticed, but which will undoubtedly be very bad, is that of the STORY OF PRIVATE EDUCATION.
As indicated on his website, RÉCIT is a network of resource people who support Quebec teachers in the educational integration of information and communication technologies (ICT). It was created in 2000-2001 and is financially supported by the Ministry of Education, Leisure and Sport (MELS). The school boards (or the Federation of Private Educational Institutions for this specific RÉCIT) are responsible for managing the RÉCIT resource people and determining the priorities for action.
However, since 1er July 2014, the mandate of the two pedagogical advisers (Claude frenette and Karine Thonnard) which provided the service for all schools of the Federation of Private Educational Institutions (FEEP) has been cut. The coordinator of teaching services of the FÉEP, Normand Brodeur, worries: “If the MELS finds that 250 schools can function without the RÉCIT, there is danger for the others. They presented us with a fait accompli, with a few more days' notice. And this is just one cut among others ... Guidance counselors, among others, have also gone through it. "
The FÉEP studied various options, including support from the MELS didactic resources department or access to national RÉCIT services, without success. For its part, the Quebec Association of Primary and Secondary Computer Users (AQUOPS), which also works to support teachers in their integration of ICT, in particular through its annual conference, is sorry about this announcement. “As an organization committed to academic success, we are convinced that technology plays an essential role in this mission. In doing so, AQUOPS can only deplore the end of the mandate of the RÉCIT for private education ”, comments Patrick Beaupre, President of AQUOPS, by way of communicated.