Quebec Training Minister Jean-François Roberge is insisting that one of the best ways for college kids to struggle the local weather disaster is to easily keep in class on Sept. 27.
“One of the best ways to struggle local weather change is to go to high school. After all, the options are within the college, however in Quebec, we now have the appropriate to precise ourselves to go on the street and say what we need to say,” he mentioned Wednesday.
“It’s a free nation. It’s a free province and it’ll keep that means.”
This comes after the province’s largest college board, the Fee scolaire de Montréal (CSDM), introduced Tuesday that will probably be cancelling lessons for all college students in its elementary and excessive faculties on Sept. 27, turning it right into a pedagogical (PED) day for the local weather march.
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Officers informed World Information that the choice was made after large absenteeism attributable to weekly pupil marches over the last college 12 months.
CSDM college board president Catherine Harel-Bourdon mentioned she is just not encouraging college students to attend the march, per se, however the board is asking dad and mom “to have some discussions with their youngsters.”
“They’re going to be below the duty of their dad and mom that day,” she mentioned Tuesday.
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Different college boards, together with the English Montreal College Board (EMSB) and the Fee scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys (CSMB), is not going to be following within the CSDM’s footsteps, saying will probably be enterprise as regular of their lecture rooms.
The Lester B. Pearson College Board (LBPSB) famous that Sept. 27 was already a chosen pedagogical day for its elementary and highschool college students.
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In greater training, some CEGEP lecturers unions have voted to strike that day, and Concordia College has acknowledged that will probably be cancelling lessons for the afternoon. McGill College is not going to be cancelling lessons.
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“I perceive that some CEGEPs have determined to alter their calendars to accommodate some college students who need go to stroll towards local weather change, however I don’t assume it’s proper to say the varsity system or the town can be paralyzed,” Roberge mentioned.
Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg has mentioned she’s going to attend the march in Montreal. There are not any plans for the 16-year-old to satisfy with Quebec Premier François Legault throughout her go to.
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François Geoffroy, with the group La planète s’invite au parlement, mentioned he believes her presence will encourage extra younger folks to attend the march.
In line with a number of activist teams, at the very least 860 cities world wide have protests deliberate for Sept. 27.
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