Québec solidaire wants the final stage of the future teachers to be paid

News 14 March, 2018
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    Québec solidaire believes that their current situation is “literally operating”.

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    Wednesday, march 14, 2018 12:17

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    QUEBEC | Québec solidaire is committed to ensuring that students in education are paid during their last internship, considering that their current situation is “literally operating”.

    “They are doing their internship on a voluntary basis. In fact, even worse, they do so at their own expense, because they must pay their tuition fees,” said the spokesperson of Québec solidaire, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, at a news conference Wednesday morning.

    “Future teachers should not be treated as cheap labor, they should be considered as the cream of quebec society”, he added.
    QS figure on its election promise to approximately $ 20 million. The last internship in teaching requires the full support of a class for a period of 9 to 12 weeks. Obtaining the teaching certificate is contingent upon the successful completion of the practicum.

    Moreover, the formation of the left hoped that the remuneration of the internship will extend to other trades, without, however, formally undertake in this direction.

    “Québec solidaire supports a policy of supervision, and compensation of all trainees. Of course, there is no solution, wall-to-wall”, explained Mr. Nadeau-Dubois.

    Proulx is interested

    Questioned about this during the question period, the minister of Education, Sébastien Proulx, was keen to point out that this idea is already the subject of discussions with the government.

    “There is a very thought-provoking advanced [on the subject] within the department,” he said.

    “I am very conscious of the representations that the students are and the ability to pay of the government in such a context”, he added, without specifying a timeline.

    As to the possibility for money to be promised as soon as the presentation of the budget, on 27 march, the minister Proulx refrained from comment.

    Last November, the minister of higher Education, Hélène David, had already stated “look at the issue”.