Directors' working time: towards a more educational vision

After denouncing the bureaucracy incumbent on school administrators, the Fédération québécoise des principals d'ablissements d'études (FQDE) unveils the results of the Study of the discrepancies between real working time and desired working time among management of educational establishments.

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ANJOU, QC, Jan. 23, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ – After having denounced the bureaucracy incumbent on school principals, the Quebec Federation of School Principals (FQDE) unveils the results of theStudy of the discrepancies between the actual working time and the desired working time among the directors of educational establishments. This study, led by researcher Michel St-Germain, Ph.D., professor emeritus at the University of Ottawa and CHRP, took place between November 2010 and April 2011. “We understand the importance of accountability. However, the bureaucracy is so cumbersome that it prevents us from meeting the real needs of our staff and students,” said Lorraine Normand-Charbonneau, president of the FQDE. To this end, Michel St-Germain affirms “that we recognize the increase in the workload of the directorates. On the other hand, we notice that they devote more and more time to administrative tasks..

The objective of this research is to identify, by means of a significant and highly relevant document, the perception of the management of educational establishments regarding the use of their working time. The findings raised make it possible to recognize the activities that require a lot of management time and those that would seem desirable to carry out in the performance of their duties. "These observations allow me to make recommendations on the reorganization of the time of the directors, reorganization which should be taken into account by all the decision-makers in education" added Mr. St-Germain.

The FQDE hopes that this study will lead to an analysis of the structure of the education system, in collaboration with the MELS and all partners in the education network. The current system needs to be reviewed, it needs to be revised. Let's give him the opportunity to be at his best. “Currently, with all the administrative requests we receive, we are completely distorting our profession. Each gesture that we pose responds to a command. We want more flexibility and freedom in the choice of method so that the school can do its homework” to conclude Lorraine Normand-Charbonneau.

The FQDE is the main professional body representing more than 2,200 educational establishment directors from 22 regional associations. The mission of the Federation is to promote professional development and excellence in the management of educational institutions in Quebec and to defend the rights of principals and vice-principals of educational establishments.


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