On March 22, Premier François Legault announced the closure of all Quebec schools, CÉGEPs, and universities until May 1. He also noted that these higher education institutions will continue to offer online courses so that students can complete their school year. But now an online petition has been making the virtual rounds to suspend the Winter 2020 semester in Quebec completely. Students are demanding that all credits be recognized without a final grade, much like elementary and secondary schools are doing.

The petition, which has already garnered nearly 72,000 signatures, demands that Jean-François Roberge, the Minister of Education, offer a "comprehensive and fair solution" to allow students to spend their semester "focusing on the essentials."

The petition asserts that the current living situation is not conducive to learning due to "psychological distress." This affects all students who may have lost jobs, homes, loved ones, those who do not have the necessary technology to take online courses, and those who may have small children at home, along with a list of others who may be struggling due to living situations and unforeseen changes. 

Like everyone around the world, CÉGEP and university students are also adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

As an example listed in the petition, l'Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQÀR) has already stated that it will credit all courses for which assessments have already taken place. For those courses where no evaluations have been entered, an agreement between teacher and student will take place. 

The petition has hit a chord in the student community with signatures adding up quickly. The next goal is set for 75,000 and looks like it will far exceed that in even the next few hours. 

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The petition does go on to say that suspending the winter semester will aid in the "well-being of all" in this unprecedented crisis. 

As of now, there is no response from Jean-François Roberge regarding the petition and courses will continue online for CÉGEP and university students. 

If you want to read or sign the full petition, click here.

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