Concerns for assistance to students with special needs

Préoccupations pour l’aide aux élèves à besoins particuliers

A resource teacher in five has had to take charge of a class rather than do individual follow-up with students in difficulty at the re-opening of the schools, a situation that is denounced loud and clear by the association that represents them.

The Association of remedial teachers of Québec (ADOQ) has circulated a survey recently among its members. Among those who work in the public schools since 11 may, 20 % stated that they had to now deal with a class full-time rather than follow-individualized with students in difficulty, as the calls for Quebec.

“This is huge,” says the president of the ADOQ, Isabelle Gadbois.

In the context of the return to the classroom, it is “the issue the more important” because it entails “the cancellation of individualized services” to students in difficulty, ” she explains.

“It denounces strongly the situation, that’s going to cause harm to the students with special needs, she adds. There are circles who do not work for the students currently, they are working to facilitate their logistical challenges. “

The minister of Education, Jean-François Roberge, however, has asked the school system before returning to class to have recourse to professionals to take charge of a class as a ” last resort “, evoking rather the possibility of an appeal to secondary school teachers or graduate education to meet the needs of the workforce.

“Do what they do best”

This week, a parliamentary committee, the minister Roberge has said that the use of remedial teachers and other professionals to support student groups is ” a poor use of their expertise “.

“They must do what they do best : supporting students for which there are response plans in place “, he said.

The confusion comes from the fact that remedial teachers are in a position of teachers, remedial teachers or teachers in school adaptation, rather than a job of professionals, ” says Ms. Gadbois.

“They have played there-over to be able to work around it,” she says, while stressing that this is not the job title that matters in reality, but rather the skills.

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