Draft Regulation to amend the Homeschooling Regulation
In a letter to the Minister of Education and Higher Education, Jean-François Roberge, Ombudsperson Marie Rinfret commented on the draft Regulation to amend the Homeschooling Regulation. She said that she was concerned about certain of the issues raised by the proposed amendments.
Madam Rinfret noted that the recent reform of the rules has prompted thousands of parents to regularize their children’s situation. Henceforth, they would be known and monitored by school authorities. Note that since the regulation came into force, the Québec Ombudsman has not received any complaints concerning the Direction de l’Enseignement à la maison.
However, since publication of the draft regulation, the Québec Ombudsman has received upwards of one hundred. Parents turned to it to express their concerns, notably about the obligation to follow the Québec Education Program and imposition of standardized ministerial examinations.
As the Ombudsperson sees it, the impact of the current regulation on homeschooled children’s learning has been scantily documented or undocumented. She considers that so long as there is insufficient knowledge about the impact, it would be premature to amend the regulation. Furthermore, she feels that the discussion and consultation process with parents in particular is crucial. The commitment of all involved parties depends on its.
The Ombudsperson made two recommendations to the Minister of Education and Higher Education.