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Children Turned Away From French Immersion Could Drive Families out of Province: Wall
Wall is calling on government to address the waitlist for French Immersion at Holy Trinity Elementary in Torbay.
Wednesday, August 17, 2022

(August 17, 2022) – Joedy Wall, PC MHA for Cape St. Francis today, again called on the government to address the waitlist for French Immersion at Holy Trinity Elementary in Torbay.

There are 38 families that have registered for French Immersion at Holy Trinity in September, but the class size is capped at 27, leaving 11 families out in cold.

Wall first raised this issue back on May 30 in the House of Assembly, and the former Minister indicated the issue was “still under review.”

“We are just a few weeks away from the start of classes and this government is steadfastly refusing to split the waitlist into two classes of 19. I have heard from one parent who is a desperately needed medical professional, but may be forced to leave the province due to government policies and the lack of childcare in their community. This is unbelievable”

Wall noted the former Minister seemed sympathetic saying “I do believe that it is important for students in our province to have an opportunity for French.” Unfortunately, Wall noted the school bell will soon ring and there has been silence from the new Minister.

“Right now there are families that are bi-lingual that can’t access French education for their children. Where is the opportunity? Is this the plan to promote French Language culture in Education?”

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