Government thinking of cutting funding to private schools
Quebec's new education minister, Marie Malavoy, says she is thinking of pulling all government money out of private schools that select their students through entrance exams.
She says private schools getting government money should be accomodating all students, including those with special needs and disabilities.
Katherine Nikidis, headmaster at Miss Edgar's and Miss Cramp's, an English private school for girls, says the selection process is more than just students writing an exam.
"We don't just have an entrance exam where a student's marks determine their entry into the school," she says, "there are interviews and applicants spend time in the school to see if it's a good fit for them as well."
She says by cutting their subsidies it would hurt access because some parents will not be able to take on the extra cost.
"Anytime fees are raised, and raised significantly rather quickly, it impacts people's ability to pay those fees."
On average parents pay about $3,000 to $5,000 a year to send their kids to private school. If provincial funding would end, the price tag could rise to $10,000 or even as high as $12,000 a year depending on the school.
Quebec's Association of Independent Schools says it is willing to sit down with the education minister and better explain the selection process to her and hopefully come to a compromise.