Online learning is at the heart of AEFO’s concerns

The Association of Franco-Ontarian Teachers (AEFO) is beginning a walkout today. The union particularly protests against the requirement for students to take online courses and the lack of information about what this learning system might look like.

At AEFO we have nothing against electronic learning programs, they are necessary even in remote regions, Rémi Sabourin immediately assures. Although he recognizes the benefits of online courses in the educational environment, the president of the Franco-Ontarian Teachers' Union still expresses concern about the ministry's vision on the issue.

When it comes to forcing students, things get difficult.

A quote from Rémi Sabourin, President, AEFO

In March 2019, the Ontario government decided to require high school students to take four online courses. In November, he backed down and halved that number as a sign of goodwill, according to Minister Stephen Lecce.

Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce.

Photo: The Canadian Press / Christopher Katsarov

But in addition to the compulsory nature, it is also the quality of this form of education that worries the AEFO. The French-language education system has developed a unique electronic learning system at the provincial level, the Ontario French Language Virtual Learning Consortium (CAVLFO).

The lessons are taught by teachers who are members of the AEFO on loan. Students who enroll do so on a voluntary basis, sometimes to take a course not offered in class, Mr. Sabourin adds. They will be supervised by the teacher conducting the online training, by a person responsible for supervision at their school, and by a “success” team made up of several members of their school's teaching staff.

No guarantee

According to the union, the government has given no guarantee that the same monitoring of students will be maintained or that AEFO teachers will offer these courses.

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