For the third time in two weeks, New Brunswick Education Minister Bill Hogan endured hours of scrutiny over the province’s proposed French second-language learning program.
Nearly 30 speakers, consisting mostly of parents and educators, spoke out against the program over a three-hour session in Saint John on Tuesday night, which drew a crowd of over 300.
Olivia Donovan, a former teacher who noted her three sons went through the current French immersion program, said the issue actually lies with the English prime system rather than immersion.
She stated there’s a need for more resources, teachers and educational assistants instead of a new program.
“The system is really close to collapsing,” Donovan said, adding “yet, we have a government who wants to push through a massive shift without a plan and without proper consultation.”