Bill 96 compromise for Anglophone students raises more questions

By Michael Boriero – Local Journalism Initiative

A compromise to the controversial amendment to Bill 96 that would require Anglophone CEGEP students to take three curriculum-related courses in French in order to graduate is raising more questions than answers among students and faculty.

Quebec’s Minister responsible for the French Language, Simon Jolin-Barrette, proposed on Tuesday that students who are not comfortable taking core curriculum courses in French be instead allowed to change them to three French courses. 45 hours each.

The Record spoke with Champlain Student Association President Malayha Vaillancourt and Vice President Academic Alexandra Patella about the recent news surrounding Bill 96 and the Jolin-Barrette Compromise at the controversial amendment originally tabled by the Liberal Party of Quebec.

“If it’s three French lessons in total with the ones we already have to take, I think that’s fine because I think it would just add an extra one or two. If it’s three French lessons French in addition to what we are already taking, this will increase the workload for our students,” said Vaillancourt.

She wonders what impact this legislation will have on a program like the one she is currently enrolled in at Champlain. Vaillancourt is studying special care counselling. The program follows the same cohort for three years, she explained, adding that they all take the same core courses.

She told The Record that with Bill 96 in play, it could lead to some of her classmates falling behind their peers. It could also create an organizational nightmare for the Cégep and its professors, Vaillancourt added. It will also likely hurt a student’s R grade.
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