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The week of December 11, all unions negotiating with the government will be on strike. This coincides with the end of the school calendar in CEGEPs and the exam period, which risks being disrupted. The academic career of students could also be affected, or even compromised.

In an interview with Tout un matin, Bernard Tremblay, president and CEO of the Fédération des cégeps, talks about a puzzle. p>

There are two study sessions at college, he recalls. These are two separate periods, each must consist of 82 school days. When we try to place them between the end of August and Christmas […] with the strikes we've had, the announced strikes and the student strikes lasting a few days in the fall, we really find ourselves stuck.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">For the general director of the Fédération des cégeps, we will have to consider either extending the session beyond Christmas or finding an alternative such as resorting to a measure of 'exception, which could shorten the session.

According to the regulations of the college studies regime, it is possible for the CEGEP to ask the Ministry of Education to reduce the length of the school calendar, but it is not with joy of heart that people would go towards a reduction of the time of the session.

There is a reflection that must be made on the CEGEP by CEGEP school calendar .

A quote from Bernard Tremblay, President and CEO of the Fédération des cégeps

The other possibility would be an extension of the session beyond December, but this will not be without consequences for students who are at the end of their training. This could mean late entry to the University, constraints related to study permits for international students and an extension of the lease, with all the financial hassles that this would bring, notes Mr. Tremblay.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">In addition, extending the session until January also means a postponement of the session supposed to begin at the beginning of the year, notes Mr. Tremblay.

The uniform French test scheduled for December 13 is mandatory to obtain your Diploma of Collegial Studies. This examination could also be compromised if the announced strike were to take place. Nothing has been communicated on this subject and we will have to consider postponing this test, concludes Bernard Tremblay.

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