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Overcrowding at CEGEPs continues

Parents call province to lift enrolment caps

The parents committee for Quebec’s Lester B. Pearson School Board, is requesting the Quebec government lift enrolment caps on CEGEP’s. “There are still students with good marks who can’t get in,” Laura Derry, chair of the committee, told the Montreal Gazette. “Kids who don’t get into CEGEP can end up working at fast-food restaurants.” In Quebec, students complete high school after grade 11, after which they attend the junior colleges in preparation for university. Last year the province provided one-time funding to abate a space crunch, but parents are worried that unless enrolment caps are lifted the problem will continue to persist. In a letter addressed to education minister, Line Beauchamp, Derry wrote: “It is imperative that there are an adequate number of spaces to accommodate all students applying to CEGEPs, so that all qualified students have access.”

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