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Surrey’s frustrating French immersion funnel
I am writing over the frustration I have had trying to register my son into French immersion kindergarten in Surrey.
I do not think the current set-up is working as well as it could be.
There are more than 100 elementary schools in Surrey, but only six offer early French immersion.
The system on how to register a child is also unfair and does not provide equal opportunity for those wanting their child to have a chance at learning French starting in kindergarten.
On Jan. 16 at 5 p.m., hundreds of parents and their family and friends called into one number in hopes of getting through to put their child’s name on a list for one of six schools.
It took myself and my six other family members 40 minutes to get through to a live person.
My son did not get into the school I had been hoping for and is now very far down on the waiting list and will likely not be able to ever attend the school I had wanted.
The demand for French immersion is high in Surrey and something needs to be done to ensure our children do not lose out on this opportunity.
I am not alone in this situation, far from it.