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Dwelling education: AQED opposes obligatory ministerial exams

The Association of Quebec for Home Education (AQED) wants these tests to remain optional among the five possible options for the annual assessment of the knowledge of home-schooled children.

L’THERE is concerned about the consequences that the obligation to pass the ministerial exams may have for these students. About half of them have dropped out of school because they have learning disabilities, disabilities or mental health problems that the mainstream education system cannot adequately address, according to the organization.

After repeated unsuccessful requests,THERE is said to have sent an official notice last Thursday to the office of the Minister of Education, Jean-François Roberge, to request urgent intervention for the suspension of the end-of-year ministry exams.


If nothing moves by Wednesday, an injunction will be lifted, says the association’s president, Marine Dumond-Després.

Exams are coming up in the next few days, so it’s really urgent and we’ll take it very seriously. It seems we have been very open about the consequences this may have on some of our familiesshe said in an interview.

Subjecting these young people to these tests can cause anxiety, he believesTHEREwhich represents 4,000 home-schooled children.

We have young people who will have to go to a school they have never been to because they have never been to school. Young people who have been bullied – which motivated the choice of home education and withdrawal from school – will be forced to return to the institution where they suffered ordealsMs. Dumond-Després testifies.

Mandating a standardized assessment form for these students with special needs will ensure a one-sided resultsince it will not correspond to the way in which the lesson was taught, Mrs. Dumond-Després.

The choice enabled parents to choose the most appropriate type of assessment according to their child’s profile. Act of imposition [les examens ministériels]negates the parent’s choice to homeschool using alternative pedagogyshe argues.

It is not enough, AQED judges

Materials have been provided to prepare home-schooled students for the ministry exams, butTHERE judge them insufficient.

Other annual evaluation options available to families under the homeschooling policy include using a private school evaluator or submitting a portfolio to the ministry.

The entry into force of the requirement for ministerial exams stems from a change in regulations. One of the arguments put forward by Quebec to defend this change is to ensure that students attend the Quebec school training program, Ms. Dumond-Després.

According to her, however, parents already fill out a lot of documentation throughout the year, allowing the ministry to control the progress of the lesson.

L’THERE also regrets the fact that the ministerial tests in secondary 4 and 5 make up 100% of the final grade of home-educated youth. It requires that the weighting be the same as that of the school network.

The association estimates that more than 10,000 children are home-schooled in Quebec, but it does not know how many youngsters will be affected by the requirement to take the ministerial exams.

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