The state of Quebec’s schools is “ embarrassing ”, admits Minister of Education
Fifty-six percent of school buildings in the province are rated unsatisfactory, Jean-François Roberge said Wednesday.
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The condition of school buildings in Quebec has deteriorated over the past two years to the point that 56% are now considered “unsatisfactory”.
The Minister of Education, Jean-François Roberge, made this revelation during a study on budgetary appropriations by his ministry.
He was asked about the state of schools by Quebec solidaire MP Christine Labrie, who spoke of schools with mouse droppings, water leaks and cockroaches in a coffee machine.
Roberge agreed that the state of the schools was “embarrassing”.
The percentage of schools in a state rated as good has increased from 46% to 44%. Roberge said he was tackling the problem, with $ 8.32 billion to be spent over three years, more than what had been spent in the previous eight years.
However, he admitted that the province is far from reaching its goal of 85% of schools deemed satisfactory by 2021-2022.
Roberge said it was impossible to renovate schools faster. “There is a limit at one point in the construction market,” he said. We have put out a call for tenders and there is not even a contractor bidder. “
It was also revealed on Wednesday that air quality tests had been carried out, as well as tests for lead in water at all schools, but there was no deadline for the improvements.
Roberge said he intended to wait until summer to begin work to improve ventilation. As for the lead, Labrie asked Roberge to set a deadline for carrying out repairs in all establishments and to communicate that date publicly.
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