About twenty private colleges in Quebec have been ordered to stop collecting information from their staff, the National Federation of Teachers of Quebec (FNEEQ-CSN) considering that the private data of its members is threatened.
The National Director of Public Health, Horacio Arruda, a few days ago asked schools, CEGEPs and universities to provide information on their employees to access information on their vaccination status.
“We had the portrait of the vaccination of the students, we want a portrait of the staff,” said Valérie Chamula, press secretary to the Minister of Higher Education Danielle McCann. This is also the goal in primary and secondary schools.
“We are not against having a portrait, it is the way that seems flawed to us,” says Caroline Quesnel, president of the National Federation of Teachers of Quebec (FNEEQ-CSN).
The FNEEQ is concerned that some private colleges ask their employees to provide sensitive information (including their health insurance number and the names of their parents) in a way that compromises their security, for example in a “Google doc ”.
“We are going to ask them to stop the collection, to destroy the information they have transmitted and to ensure the protection of teachers’ data”, adds Mme Quesnel.
At the office of the Minister of Education, it is explained that we do not have these centralized data on school personnel, since they are in the hands of employers (school service centers and private colleges).
Remember that the vaccination of staff in schools, CEGEPs and universities is not mandatory in Quebec.
On Wednesday, the Toronto District School Board announced that its employees who had not been vaccinated at 1is November could lose their jobs.
This vaccination policy goes beyond the minimum guidelines set by the Ontario government. These guidelines apply to school staff, administrators and any employee who comes into direct contact with staff and students.
With The Canadian Press