The Québec Ombudsman investigates the quality of educational services in Nunavik | Protecteur du Citoyen
October 24, 2018

The Québec Ombudsman investigates the quality of educational services in Nunavik

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Several factors make it more difficult for Inuit youth all the way through school.

  • Starting in Grade 4, subjects are taught exclusively in French or English, even though, up to that point, Inuktitut has been the primary language of instruction;
  • The pedagogical program is not fully adapted to their culture and realities;
  • Students cannot take Secondary V science and mathematics;
  • Access to postsecondary education and general education in the adult sector is very limited;
  • Services for students with difficulties or disabilities are scanty.

The Québec Ombudsman also saw that Kativik School Board struggles to recruit and retain teaching staff. As a result, classes close every day. In addition, there is a high rate of teacher and student absenteeism.

In its investigation report, the Québec Ombudsman makes 14 recommendations to the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur aimed at strengthening its ties with Kativik School Board. One of them, which concerns services for students with difficulties or disabilities, is also intended for the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux. One recommendation, aimed at countering the shortage of apartments in Nunavik, is made to the Société d’habitation du Québec.

A few figures

  • Nearly 80% of students leave school without diplomas or certification—4 times higher than elsewhere in Québec.
  • The graduation rate is 25.9%, compared to 77.7% for Québec as a whole.
  • More than half of Inuit have no certificate, diploma or degree, compared to 13% everywhere else in Québec. 

Problems with the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur?

If you are dissatisfied with the services of the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur, for example, concerning student financial assistance, you may complain to the Québec Ombudsman. Note, however, that we are not empowered to intervene regarding school boards.