Here, posted without comment, is the Globe’s Rhéal Séguin‘s typically concise explanation of the rather bonkers part of the PQ’s Bill 101, volume deux:
In Quebec, students must complete a two-year college or CEGEP program before being admitted to university. Every year many francophone and ethnic community students who are required under law to attend French-language elementary and secondary schools enrol in English colleges to improve their language skills. With spaces in short supply in several English college programs, French-speaking students and their allophone counterparts will likely be forced to enrol instead in French-language colleges.
At English-language Dawson College in downtown Montreal, the largest CEGEP in the province, 19 per cent of students are francophones and 22 per cent are allophones. Admission is based on the strength of a student’s academic record, not their mother tongue, said Richard Filion, the school’s director general.
“There are principles at stake here: to be admitted to an institution of higher education, it’s got to be based on academic qualifications first and foremost,” Mr. Filion said. “You can’t administer an education system on the basis of clauses that impose restrictions, merely for ideological and political purposes.”
Thursday, December 6, 2012