–Canadian Parents for French, B.C. and Yukon branch
Ninety Vernon parents camped outside school district offices Monday night in an effort to register their children in French immersion. Unfortunately, Vernon isn’t the only school district where demand is exceeding program capacity, forcing school districts to raffle off limited French immersion spots.
Parents in Sooke, Saanich, Victoria, Vancouver, North Vancouver, New Westminster, Coquitlam, Surrey, Chilliwack, Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows, Kootenay Lake, Rocky Mountain, Fort St. John, Cowichan Valley, Nanaimo, and Burnaby are also facing registration lotteries and French immersion programs that are oversubscribed.
SPN note: Registration is Sooke takes place from January 28 (beginning at 8:00 a.m.) to February 1. To register in Sooke, read the Registration Guide and then register online at registration.sd62.bc.ca. If the district receives more registration requests than spots allow, admission by lottery will occur. The lottery is based on a school-by-school basis. To read more about the lottery system for the Sooke school district, click here.
In all, it is estimated well over 200 students will soon be on waiting lists across British Columbia.
“No child should be turned away from this popular life-changing educational experience. That’s the bottom line,” said Glyn Lewis, Canadian Parents for French BC & YK Executive Director.
Lewis added, “We call on all school districts to sit down with educators and parents to map out a strategy for growth. It is simply unacceptable for some children to be enriched and for others to be turned away in our public education system. These school districts need to do better. They need to open more French immersion classrooms to meet the demand.”
Parents are venting their frustration on our CPF BC & YK Facebook Page.