The Association of Public School Boards of Ontario (ACÉPO) wonders how many non-Catholic students are enrolled in Catholic School Board schools.
According to ACÉPO, “an education system created to protect the Catholic faith” should not allow non-religious students to enter Catholic schools.
According to an article published by The Globe & Mail on Monday, the number of non-Catholic students in Catholic schools would have increased by 18% among Anglophones. ACÉPO wants the government to study the situation on the francophone side.
“In the absence of secular francophone schools in 45 regions in Ontario, thousands of students have no choice but to join Ontario’s other education systems,” reads the news release. ACÉPO.
Isabelle Girard, Executive Director of the Ontario Public School Boards Association, is concerned that the situation is creating unfair funding for school boards.
“If there is a shortfall in public funding, it does not allow us to build schools that should be built in areas where there are masses of francophones that exist,” she says. .
The AFOCSC reacts
The president of the Franco-Ontarian Association of Catholic School Boards does not see the value of making these statistics public, and accuses ACÉPO of being untransparent in its communiqué.
When we go there, we question the choice of parents. Who am I to question this choice? The parent is the person who knows his child best and what is best for him.
Jean Lemay, President of AFOCSC
He explains that, in his opinion, the difference must be made between elementary and secondary schools. Students in Grades 9 to 12 can be exempted from religion classes, but not elementary school.
“[At the elementary level], parents must go through admissions committees, children are not exempted from religious ceremonies, and they are encouraged to change their taxes to French Catholics. ”
He also adds that unlike the English system, the majority of French-speaking students choose Catholic schools.
Ministry of Education Response
The Ministry of Education does not count the number of non-Catholic students attending a Catholic school.
His minister, Indira Naiddo-Harris, adds that the rules that determine who can attend these schools will not be changed.
“We will continue to respect the constitutional and legislative framework governing education in Ontario,” she says by e-mail.