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The college session will have a normal duration of 82 days, confirmed Minister Pascale Déry.

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The Minister of Higher Education, Pascale Déry, in the press scrum .

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The Minister of Education senior Pascale Déry closed the door to the idea of ​​a college session of reduced duration, thus refusing the request of the federations which represent the CEGEP administrations and the students.

The college session will have a normal duration of 82 days despite the week-long strike of CEGEP teachers who are members of the Common Front scheduled for December 8 to 14.

This puts an end to the request of the Fédération des cégeps, supported by the Fédération universitaire collegiale, to consider an exceptional reduction in the duration of the session under a measure provided for in the Regulation respecting the regime of studies colleges (RREC).

In the best interest [sic] of student success, the school calendar must be respected.

A quote from The office of the Minister of Higher Education, Pascale Déry

The minister is aware of the fact that this implies, for certain CEGEPs, having to postpone the end of the session until January 2024, her office is assured. But the goal, Minister Déry indicated Tuesday in the press scrum, is that [the students] get through this session and enter the next one prepared, with the knowledge and skills [necessary].

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College establishments have flexibility in organizing the calendar in order to plan the adjustments necessary to achieve their educational objectives according to their reality, writes the minister's office.

Exams will be held on the weekend, classes will be held in the evening. [Les cégeps] will be able to reorganize their calendar, it will not be the first time. I trust them, adds Ms. Déry.

She also took the opportunity to recall that she had made the decision to postpone the uniform language of instruction test until December 20.

The president of the Collegiate Student Federation (FECQ), Laurence Mallette-Léonard, is very angry by the minister's decision since, she says, several CEGEPs have not the flexibility required to resume all days of classes and exams by Christmas.

It is unacceptable that students are forced to retake courses and exams between Christmas and New Year's Day or in January 2024, she wrote.< /p>Open in full screen mode

Laurence Mallette-Léonard has been president of the Quebec College Student Federation since July 2023.

Exceptionally, shortening the session is a measure that has already been seen in the past, and the current circumstances amply justify its use.

A quote from Laurence Mallette-Léonard, president of the Fédération Étudiante Collégiale du Québec (FECQ)

For the FECQ, reducing the length of the session was the best avenue, and the current situation reflects a lack of listening on the part of the government.

For his part, the president and CEO of the Fédération des cégeps, Bernard Tremblay, refuses to say he is disappointed and to blame the minister for her decision. He is happy to know what to expect and to have received a message of support from the ministry.

What was not It was not clear what the minister's wishes were. As long as we did not have details, it was difficult to predict the end of the session. Now it becomes easier to schedule.

Mr. Tremblay recognizes that the situation is not ideal and that it will take flexibility and originality to reorganize the calendar while respecting the 82-day duration of the session.

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Bernard Tremblay, president and CEO of the Fédération des cégeps

We were in a context where there was no perfect solution. […] We accept the minister's decision and we expect her support for the future.

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

He is hopeful that there will be collaboration and openness to the subject additional costs that this reorganization will have involved.

Both Minister Déry and the Fédération des cégeps, we agree that this decision will force certain CEGEPs to complete the fall 2023 session in January 2024.

Several college education establishments indicated to Radio-Canada that they organized meetings over the last week in order to develop various formulas calendar reorganization.

For example, the Director General of Dawson College, Diane Gauvin, confirms in writing that two scenarios are already ready in the event of resolution or not of the labor conflict involving her employees.

If the strike days are canceled, the session will end on December 22. Otherwise, if the five-day strike between December 8 and 14 takes place, the exam period will end on February 6, which will postpone the start of the winter session until early February.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">As for Collège de Maisonneuve, which was affected not only by the Common Front strike but also by a few days of student boycotts during the session, the decision has already been made to extend the fall session to January 2024 . The winter session, which was to begin on January 22, will instead begin on February 5.

As with other CEGEPs, the end schedule session will likely have to be changed again if next week's strike materializes.

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