Marie-France Coallier Le Devoir “Le Devoir” reported on Wednesday that there has a tense climate at CEGEP between employees and management.
The Minister of Higher Education, Pascale Déry, has asked her ministry for a “state of the situation” in the face of “allegations which are worrying” concerning the Cégep de Saint-Hyacinthe.
< i>Le Devoirreported Wednesday that there is a tense climate at CEGEP between employees and management. The academic committee is at the center of a controversy, the turnover of managers is criticized and professors in the Department of Computer Science are concerned about the high dropout and failure rates among their students.
“There are allegations that are concerning. It concerns the success rate, the graduation. There really is a climate that seems to be tense. I asked the ministry for a report, I'm waiting for the results, and we'll see what happens, “said the minister when questioned on this subject in a press scrum. It was Wednesday morning that she became aware of the situation, following the report of Devoir.
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In a press release, the CEGEP union indicated that it wanted to offer “its full collaboration” so that the Minister “obtain a complete state of the situation”. “The teaching staff wants to rediscover the climate of listening and dialogue that has already existed at the college. We want the conflict to be settled, quickly, for the good of the student population, “said Selma Bennani, president of the Syndicat des professors du cégep de Saint-Hyacinthe.
The teachers, who were nearly 130 in a general meeting on Wednesday, also unanimously rejected the request for mediation sent by management on April 18. “In an interview with Devoir this morning, the current management seems to refuse any introspection; she denies the assertions of several teachers, minimizes the tensions, accuses our union and rejects our outstretched hand, says Selma Bennani. It would have been desirable for our management to act in such a way as to unite the troops for the good of the entire college community. “
Invited to react, the Fédération des cégeps indicated that it did not want to comment “on the case of a particular cégep”.
With Marie-Michèle Sioui