No English school for Laval boy

Posted By: Laura Casella · 1/8/2013 11:50:00 AM

Back in September, CJAD told you about a Laval mother who has been fighting to send her son to English school.

We can now tell you that she has lost her battle.

Nazneen Alavi argued that her son should be given the same rights as his older sister and be alllowed into the English school system. 

"It's very, very sad," she tells CJAD, "very disappointing. I don't even have the words right now."

According to the letter she received from the education ministry, her request was denied primarily because she is a permanent resident and not a citizen. Although she had no problem sending her daughter to English school a few years ago, the rules have changed since 2010. She now plans on talking to the ministry to see if there is any room for an appeal.

"But since I have no choice, one is going to an English school, and one is going to a French school."

Her 6-year-old son meantime, who has yet to start kindergarten, says he is afraid of going to Fench school because he doesn't know the language.

"I tell him that he will learn," says Alavi, "it is very disappointing."

Alavi who has been here for 20 years says she has recently applied for her citizenship. 

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