Cancelled French immersion program a wasted opportunity

Good luck getting another French immersion program, says former Surrey school trustee.

A new early entry French immersion program planned for Cougar Creek Elementary in Surrey has been cancelled due to low enrolment.

As a longtime advocate for public education, choice programs and French second language learning, it is very disappointing to hear that the new early French immersion program at Cougar Creek Elementary will not open due to lack of enrolment.

It has been 22 years since the Surrey School District opened a new early French immersion program, so I applaud the district for providing the opportunity when classroom space in Surrey is not easy to find.

With a waiting list for early French immersion of more than 220 families, it is very difficult for me to understand why the enrolment was not maximized in the new program.

In my opinion, it will be very hard to convince the Surrey School District to open another program anytime soon.

Charlene Dobie

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