Ex-Chasidic couple sue Quebec over lack of education
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Ex-Chasidic couple sue Quebec over lack of education

Yohanan and Shifra Lowen filed the lawsuit five years ago, claiming the province and school system didn't ensure they were properly educated

Yohanan and Shifra Lowen are suing the Quebec province and school system. (Screen shot from YouTube via JTA)
Yohanan and Shifra Lowen are suing the Quebec province and school system. (Screen shot from YouTube via JTA)

A former Orthodox Jewish couple is suing Quebec province and school system for not making sure they received a complete education.

The trial, which is the long-awaited culmination of Yohanan and Shifra Lowen (pictured) filing their lawsuit five years ago, opened on Monday in Quebec Superior Court and is expected to last about two weeks.

They are not seeking financial compensation or damage but rather a declaratory judgement to force Quebec to increase its oversight in religious schools to make sure pupils learn the provisional curriculum.

Prosecutors argue the pair “finished their high school education without knowing about the St Lawrence River or the theory of evolution”, but lawyers for the province and the Chasidic community sect in which they grew said problems with the students’ education had been addressed.

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