Universities are resisting Quebec by planning a return to the current in February

The return to school should theoretically be completed by Monday, January 31. However, some institutions announced this week that they intend to keep their distance learning courses until February.

This is the case at Concordia University in Montreal. The institution announced on its website on Thursday that the start of the school year would not take place until Thursday, February 3, three days after the deadline set by Quebec.

Similarly, students and professors at the University of Quebec in Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT) should not return to the class until mid-February. On its website,UQAT he even writes that distance learning will be preferred until 75% of students receive a booster dose against COVID-19.

Campus of Rouyn-Noranda University of Quebec in Abitibi-Témiscamingue

Photo: Radio-Canada / Andrei Audet

In addition, at least one university, the Cégep regional de Lanaudière, has confirmed in recent days that it intends to postpone its return to school. Classes will therefore resume on February 7 in attendance. Until then, there will be no distance learning courses; the calendar has simply shifted.

Quebec is asking for facilities to comply

Nevertheless, the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education, Danielle McCann, has planned a “transitional period” of two weeks to allow CEGEP and universities to reconnect to class in the classroom after Monday, January 17 – the date originally set by Prime Minister Legault on December 30.

The postponement was ordered on January 7 after some institutions, such as the University of Montreal and UQAM, announced their return to visit on Monday, January 24, or even the following Monday, January 31.

The Legault government wanted to revoke the rules of the game on Friday night. In a communication to Radio-Canada, Secretary McCann’s office called on reluctant facilities to do so. comply with the guidelines notified to them on 30 December.

Quebec Minister of Higher Education Danielle McCann

Photo: Radio-Canada / Sylvain Roy Roussel

The return to campus presence must take place from January 17he recalled, stressing that he had already shown flexibility by providing CEGEP and universities possibility to complete this declaration by 31 January.

Interview in the session noon info, at the ICI Premiere, Minister McCann was appealed earlier on the day she represented on 31 January deadline reunite with the return to the class of students in post-secondary institutions.

Students want to return to class

The postponement of returning to school within CEGEP and university from week to week does not please everyone.

In Abitibi, for example, an open question mark began circulating on FridayUQAT reverse and start personal return between 17 and 31 Januarybecause many students would much rather experience a return to class than government measures allow.

Specifically, the action requiredUQAT the goal is 75% vaccination for the third dose […] would prevent full cohorts from teaching in person for a few more weekswrite its authors and add that Quebec he never mentioned such an extreme measure.

Not to mentionit is clearaccording to them, that the quality of education obtained online does not equal the quality of full-time classes.

For some students, their college careers are coming to an end. Unfortunately, they have only had two full face-to-face meetings in the last three years of this year, which significantly affects the quality of the training they have received. It is quite heartbreaking to come up with a diploma and a degree, but without all the skills that were to develop during this training. »

Quote from Excerpt from an open letter from the University of Quebec in Abitibi-Témiscamingue

According to its authors, more than 70 students signed the letter on Friday evening. They form a common front against the official positionAGEUQATa local student body that reported on Facebook this week that the measure seemed satisfactory.

L ‘UQAT and Concordia are explained

L ‘UQAT she apologized by e-mail on Friday night pointing out it many of his research activities […] they continued face to face without any interruption a the return of full-time teaching will begin on January 24, starting with courses with a practical or experiential component.

further access to campuses and centers is possible in compliance with health measures a student services, including psychosocial support, success assistance and techno-pedagogical support, are available in person or at a distanceargued Stéphanie Duchesne, director of communications at the university.

She also recalled that the representatives of the so-calledAGEUQAT and four university departments were consulted. In addition, the ministry is Aware of the orientations they have adoptedUQATassures Mrs. Duchesne.

The University of Concordia, on its part, e-mailed Friday night that it had a winter semester [avait] started on January 6, ie on Thursdaya, for planning reasons, [était] more consistently resume classes in person on Thursday in order facilitate the structure of the course.

The personal return is therefore planned for the week of 31 January.argued his spokeswoman Vannina Maestracci.

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