Because of the COVID-19, the results of the winter session of 2020 in the cegeps of Quebec will not be counted in the calculation of the R score of the students, announced the minister of Education, Jean-François Roberge.
The minister believes that it is unfair to put into effect this system of notation standardized that classifies students in relation to each other, because the conditions of teaching were not similar from one place to the other in the province.
“Our desire is to ensure that no student is unjustly penalized because of the COVID-19. I am aware that students who have had access to educational conditions optimum may be disappointed by this decision. Unfortunately, not all of them have had this chance. Maintaining even partial of the R-rating would be widely and unfairly disadvantaged the latter, for example for admission in degree programs limited enrolment”, said the minister of Education of Quebec by issuing a press release.
Jean-François Roberge pointed out that there was a consensus that the R-rating is left for the last session. It was noted that this decision is supported by the Fédération des cégeps, the Fédération étudiante collégiale du Québec (FECQ), the main trade unions in education, as well as Bureau de coopération interuniversitaire.
The R-rating is used to classify the students, and it is from this system that the admissions in the university programmes subject to quotas.
Arguing for the R-rating is left for the winter session, the FECQ argued that some students had caught the COVID-19, others should lend a helping hand to their family, not to mention the students-parents, jeopardizing their success. In addition, internet access varies greatly across the province, in spite of the online courses set up by several institutions.
The 80,000 students of the college network must be studying at a distance since 13 march of this year, when the colleges have had to close their doors because of the COVID-19.