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4 July 2016

Letter to Teachers

Dear teachers,

The end of the school year provides me with the opportunity to write to you. First, I want to wish you a great summer and rest after a busy year. May these holidays allow you to relax with your loved ones.

I hope that this past year allowed you to first, convey to your students the pleasure of learning and discovery, and second, make them aware of the benefits of effort and the need to live harmoniously within a school community.

Your job, I would even say, your vocation, is to ensure that our children become adults who have not only gained knowledge and developed skills, but also discovered the importance of social ties and respect for others in our society.

I have already visited several schools in order to meet with you. I thank you for welcoming me and for sharing. your experiences, comments and suggestions. “Successful students make teachers happy,” said one teacher. Your passion is real and I felt it. 

I will continue my visits, because there is nothing better than seeing the realities on the ground for myself.

What I heard reinforces my desire to create dynamics around the student-teacher success ratio that will benefit all.

We announced that Quebec will develop a policy next year, following consultations we will hold in the fall, on educational success. It is at that time that together we will determine the actions we need to take for the future.. I want to ensure that you participate in the choices we have to make, along with others in the education community and citizens. I want to know what concerns you have and I assure you of my commitment.

We have already announced new investments, all focused on success. We have taken concrete steps towards greater school autonomy. We are hard at work reinvesting in the maintenance and renovation of our school buildings. You can count on me to continue these efforts.

I close by expressing my deep respect to you. You are doing an outstanding job. Quebec parents are grateful to you.

Sébastien Proulx,
Minister of Families, Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports and Minister responsible for the Gaspésie — Îles-de-la-Madeleine region