The British Columbia government was instructed by the Apex Court of Canada to pay the region’s only French-language school board $7.1 million.
The government asserted by stating that there were inadequate students for new schools, that the ongoing schools are quite good, and that it would be expensive to facilitate the French board schools with all the services it wishes.
However, the Supreme Court emphasized that to encourage fairness and ensure public funds are used judiciously, the minority-language students should commonly get their own school if the government provided one to the equal number of majority-language speakers in the other parts of the province.
The Court further stated that all children are worthy of equal opportunities, therefore minority- and majority-language students should get equal quality and experience at school.
(By- M. Soujanya)