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Amélie Daoust-Boisvert August 16, 2012
Original French Text: http://www.ledevoir.com/societe/education/356934/les-etudiants-vulnerables-ont-ecope
At a time when the student movement is reconsidering its protest strategies, the only two CEGEPs that recently voted by narrow margins to continue the unlimited general strike may revisit those decisions.
August 17, 2012
Original French Text: https://www.facebook.com/isabelle.baez.5/posts/10151070332039545
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This morning, the administration of CEGEP du Vieux-Montréal asked its teachers to give a failing grade to all students if the strike motion passes this morning. We are not talking about the cancellation of the semester, but rather of an individual failing grade. I have verified this with the administration, as I didn’t believe that such a measure was applicable. Well, it is. The administration’s reason: the [Education] minister informed us that the semester couldn’t be cancelled because that would mean no money, the complete disappearance of the 2012 winter cohort, and this would put the CEGEP in a bad position.
So in summary:
Gabrielle Duchaine July 26 2012
The return to classes mandated by the special law (Bill 78) is off to a rough start. Following the student protests, it is now the professors’ turn to wield the spectre of pressure tactics. Forced to work many more hours than usual to make up for time lost during the strike, they are demanding help with teaching… and with catching their breath.
Less than one month from the resumption of classes, teachers at CEGEPs affected by the strike estimate that they come out 300 teachers short in the Quebec government’s plan for an orderly rollout of intensive semesters of autumn, La Presse has learned. The teachers’ union confirms that the quality of teaching with suffer from the shortage of personnel.
“What we’re being offered is entirely insufficient to ensure follow-up and support of students,” deplores Micheline Thibodeau, vice president of the Fédération nationale des enseignants du Québec-CSN, which represents 13 out of the 14 CEGEPs whose winter semester was cut short because of the conflict. After months of picket lines maintained by students, it is now the turn of the teachers to employ pressure tactics.
La Presse canadienne June 27, 2012
by Alexandre Robillard
Québec – The Minister of Education, Michelle Courchesne, calls unacceptable the pressure tactics threatened by CEGEP (college) professors, who are currently negotiating the terms of the special resumption of classes set for mid-August.
Mrs. Courchesne stated today in a press conference that intensive negotiations are under way with the Confédération des syndicats nationaux [CSN - trade union federation].
In addition to limiting demonstrations, the special law passed by the government, Bill 78, mandates a resumption of classes August 17 to complete the winter semester that was interrupted by the student conflict.
The main stumbling block for teachers is the additional staff required to teach the college classes that were disrupted when students opposed to the tuition fee increase went on strike.