Education Minister Sébastien Proulx
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“Satmar community leader Alex Werzberger, whose daughters attended Beth Esther, told The CJN the school has tried and continues to try to meet the law’s requirements, but Chassidim will not compromise their religious beliefs. This means they won’t teach certain subjects, such as the mandatory Ethics and Religious Culture course (ERC) or sex education, or even certain literature or scientific theories.
“There’s no way that’s going to happen. If worse comes to worst, we’ll move to the [United] States,” he said
As for the teachers’ lack of credentials, Werzberger said: “They come from our own community. They have not gone to college, but they know English, French, math and so on. They probably know more than those who are certified.””
SOME HAREDI SCHOOLS STILL NOT COMPLYING WITH LAW: REPORT
MONTREAL – Although some chassidic and other haredi schools are making progress in conforming to the law, at least two continue to fail to meet minimal requirements, according to a report to the Quebec education ministry by its advisory group on private education.
The 2014-2015 annual report of the Commission consultative de l’enseignement privé (CCEP), made public in May, cites the most serious problems with Beth Esther Academy and Yeshiva Gedola Merkaz Hatorah.
The CCEP recommended that Beth Esther’s permit, which was revoked in 2012, not be reissued.
However, despite pressure from the Parti Québécois and Coalition Avenir Québec, Education Minister Sébastien Proulx has decided to allow Beth Esther and Yeshiva Gedola to continue to operate, because it is “in the interest of the children.” The government, he said in the National Assembly, will continue to work with the schools to correct the situation.
His ministry rejected the recommendation of the CCEP and renewed Yeshiva Gedola’s permit for another year, which ends this June.
Among other breaches, the CCEP said the Satmar elementary and high school for girls is not adequately teaching the province’s compulsory curriculum, known as the Régime pédagogique, in terms of either content or hours, and its teachers are unqualified.
After operating for decades under the radar, the school, founded in 1956, was told in 2003 it had to have a permit, and four years later was granted one on the condition it rectify numerous problems that the ministry identified.
In 2014-2015, Beth Esther had 304 students and 24 teachers, of whom only two held a licence recognized by Quebec.
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