Delay in primary school: Parents call for remedial action in NB

Disruptions in education since 2020 have had an impact on students’ academic results.

Many young people had trouble passing the program. Added to this is a good dose of stress, associated with the multiple changes they face.

Reading score is low

Students learn the basics of reading in first and second grade. Every year, due to school closures except 2020, the Ministry of Education assesses the reading skills of second graders.

For 2021-2022, only 61.5% of students got the expected results. This means that about two out of five students (38.5%) failed to achieve the goal.

Learning has become more difficult for many students during the epidemic.

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In the years before the epidemic, from 2012 to 2019, at least 75% of students achieved the expected results for the second grade reading test.

Already at that time and these results are much better than the previous year, the government prioritized the improvement of reading results.

In the 10-year education plan published in 2016, 90% success rate was expected to be achieved by 2025-2026. Various steps were planned to achieve this. Clearly, this was before the epidemic.

It is important to emphasize that the results of the just-concluded school year are already better than the previous year. In 2020-2021, only 56% of students passed the second year reading test.

Parents ask for a catch-up plan

Faced with this challenge, and experienced by all other grade level students, parents want ways to ensure that all students achieve the basics they need for their academic development.

Parents know that the delay is, “what will it mean for my child’s educational progress”. A

A quote from Chantal Varin, executive director of the association Francophone des Parent du N.-B.

Chantal Varin, executive director of the association Francophone des Parent du Nouveau-Brunswick, said he has heard many parents worry. It is clear to parents that there has been a delay due to this epidemic, what they are asking is to know the catch-up plan, is there a plan to catch it ??

Chantal Varin, executive director of the association Francophone des Parents du Nouveau-Brunswick.

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At the moment, two years after the epidemic, being caught has become a top priority for parents. The parent committees in support of the school disclosed this to the Ministry of Education, when it was a question of review of school management.

Why focus on school governance reform when, for us, it should be a priority for our youth and we can capture what has been lost in this time of epidemic?Chantal asks Warin.

Teachers need help

Nathalie Brido, president of the Francophone Teachers Association in New Brunswick, says teachers will need help to help students who need to be caught.

We don’t want to lose anyone in the cracks, we want to help all the students, so our mission may take more people to help usNathalie Brideau believes.

Nathalie Brido, president of the NB Teachers Association.

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More teacher assistants in the classroom can provide more support for those who are lagging behind in reading, for example.

No wonder with the result, we expected it, we knew the rate would be lower than the previous year. A

A quote from Nathalie Brido, president of the Francophone Teachers Association in New Brunswick

According to its presidentAEFNBNow, in order to properly target the needs, it is necessary to look beyond the raw information of school results. It can vary from region to region, from school to school, and even within a class. The result of our ministry is yet to say what the gap isHe says.

Once this analysis is completed, teachers will be able to take appropriate action to address the challenge together with the school district and the Ministry of Education.

I think we shouldn’t panic, we have a portrait of where young people are, in 2022, the portrait will probably be something else, and that’s what we wantSays Nathalie Brideau.

According to him, reading evaluation does not tell the whole story. Our students have other skills, we should not just judge them for what is going wrong, there is something that is going well, and there may not be an assessment from the ministry about what is going well. , And children learned during the epidemic.

The minister said he would be arrested after the start of the academic year

In an interview on the June 24 show, Dr. Morning Minister of Radio-Canada Academies, Education and Early Childhood Development, Dominic CardiChallenge recognized.

We have to catch it clearly. A

A quote from Dominic Cardi, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development

Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development Dominic Cardi.

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According to the minister, it is important for teachers to rest after two difficult years in the summer. The requirements will then need to be clearly identified and this can only be done in September, he said.

We will start work on this in September, if we still have a fairly normal return depending on the epidemic, but if we are lucky enough to have time to catch this, we will consult the teachers in September, and then we will I will planHe is explaining.

Until then, Dominic Cardi Thinks that resources exist to help children in the summer.

Each district website has a list of programs offered by nonprofits, as well as other programs that are free, or at a fairly minimal fee, by nonprofits.He said.

Summer program

There are summer student support programs in all regions of the province.

French-speaking southern and northwestern school districts offer summer reading programs. Kodak NB offers franchising and literacy activities in all regions. The public library also has reading services.

Joanie Guignard, Literatie auprimaire’s CLEF Program Manager.

Photo: Courtesy of Joanie Guignard

The Primary Literacy Agency offers a literacy program for children in certain areas of the province. Joanie Guignard is the initial manager of the CLEF programs offered by Littératie. 1 and 2 years are very important years for learning to read, that’s when they start school, learn to readHe says.

An elementary literacy teacher helps a young student.

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In some areas, Joanie Guigard explained, it was difficult for children at home during the epidemic to continue to learn to read French.

Often families who attend French-language schools, more than in South New Brunswick, are from foreign families, or who speak a language other than French at home, so if these children are not necessarily immersed in a French-speaking environment, it is sometimes difficult for these parents to read. HomeHe says.

With information from Alix Villeneuve

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