Worried by the possibility of seeing up to 30% of college and university students to cancel their next session to avoid distance-learning courses, the member pq to Bonaventure, Sylvain Roy, asks Quebec to quickly give guarantees.
“Although it has promised support, the government caquiste soon to announce what it intends to do for higher education in Québec, he deplored a news release issued Tuesday. Thousands of college and university students are thus in a precarious financial situation, and confused about the next school year.”
The elected cites a poll commissioned by the canadian Association of professors and university teachers (CAUT) and the canadian Federation of students (CTF), according to which 30% of the students would think the option to cancel their session, or even abandon their post-secondary education.
The pandemic of COVID-19 hits both post-secondary institutions, forced to deploy distance learning to address during in-person classes too numerous to accommodate all the students according to the rules of déconfinement.
However, these measures are far from being consistently applied, note Sylvain Roy. “At the present time, for example, the Cégep de Jonquière to offer a majority of its courses face-to-face, while that of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu is more focused on distance education. The [new] minister [of higher Education, Danielle] McCann must put an end to this system of variable geometry”, he wrote.
According to him, the government Legault must, in particular, to make available monies to support each student according to their needs in order to avoid a marked increase in the dropout rate.