The Syndicat de l’enseignement de l’Estrie (SEE-CSQ) held a demonstration on Tuesday morning in front of the offices of the Centres de services scolaires des Sommets, des Hauts-Cantons and de la Région-de- Sherbrooke to illustrate the challenges posed by unbalanced class composition.
According to a press release from the SEE-CSQ, teachers from the three school service centers consulted estimate that nearly one in two primary school students is not progressing normally for his or her age and grade level. In an average group of 26 students, no fewer than 12 require frequent or constant intervention, with a regular or significant impact on group functioning. Teachers have to deal with an average of six intervention plans, seven students with difficulties and five students with special needs, the SEE-CSQ statement explained.
That reality was reflected in a survey conducted by the Fédération des syndicats de l’enseignement (FSE-CSQ) among its members to paint a portrait of classrooms in Quebec. More than 10,000 teachers responded to the call from their union federation.