French in Quebec: English CEGEPs say bill will expel 96 students from the province

CEGEPs said in a statement that capping does not record why many students choose to enroll in college in English.

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Montreal’s English CEGEPs are questioning the Quebec government’s plans to enroll in schools, saying it would only push more students to study outside the province.

In a joint statement issued on Friday, the CEGEPs welcomed the government’s attempt to preserve the French language in Quebec, but raised questions about how the province wants to go about it.

Filed Thursday, The government’s long-awaited language bill will limit the proportion of students in English CEGEPs to 17.5 percent of the total student population – the same as last school year.

If passed, the bill would call on CEGEPs to prioritize Anglophone students during admissions and control how many enrollments can be made. Increase in schools moving forward.

But the three CEGEPs did not say why controlling enrollment, believing that many students choose to enroll in college in English. Schools also questioned how the changes should be used.


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“Many Quebec parents want their children to become bilingual in a French Quebec. Restricting our ability to serve these students in the public sector will push more students out of the province, ”the statement said.

“As institutions of higher learning, we believe in the principle of freedom of choice, which provides young people with the opportunity to shape their future and enroll primarily on the basis of academic merit.”

The report was signed by the Directors General of Dawson, Vanier and John Abbott Colleges.

The schools said they would talk to the Ministry of Higher Education to better understand how the changes would be applied if the bill was passed.

In typing the bill, he said the provincial government believes changes are needed as enrollment in French CEGEPs has been steadily declining over the past 25 years. In Montreal, nearly half of the English CEGEPs last year were attended by students.


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For Kevin Contant-Hollowadiz, a final-year Dawson College student raised in a bilingual family, the government’s proposed changes are not the right approach.

Dawson, as president of the student union, said Content-Hollowatiz did not accept the move and felt that they were going against the freedom of choice of students.

“We don’t think it’s right to have limitations on the ability of Quebec students to choose where they want to attend,” he said Friday.

Content-Hollowadiz said the student union did not deny that the French were declining in the province and agreed that the government should take action to protect it. But blaming English CEGEPs is misleading, he said.

“Studying in school for two years in English does not automatically turn someone into an Anglophone or someone who only speaks English,” he said.


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Content-Hollowatiz said controlling student enrollment and prioritizing anglophones could change the decor of the student body and, in the long run, change the very nature of the school as a whole.

“If you go to Dawson College, under normal circumstances, you will hear as much French as you can hear English and other languages,” he said.

“It’s a very different school – we have students from all over the place. We want it to stay that way.”

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