Migrants Continue to Fight for Access to Public Schools in Quebec

(Image credit: Education Without Borders)
(Image credit: Education Without Borders)
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Despite formal recommendations from the ombudsman in Nov 2014, Quebec continues to exclude children with precarious immigration status from free access to education. January 30th 2015 was the date given to the Minister of Education to present a plan of action. To this day families of undocumented children continue to be forced to prove their status or pay $5000-$7000 fee for school. Last year the Ombudsperson made 6 recommendations to the Quebec government, which included the recommendation to change the regulation of the Law on Public Education that defines residency. This exclusion of children from school in Quebec violates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights both of which Canada has signed. CKUT spoke with members of the Education Without Borders collective.


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