Marois government says "no" to free tuition

Posted By: Laura Casella · 1/28/2013 8:13:00 AM

It was the cause of many students on the streets last Spring, but the Marois government is telling students there will be no free tuition, at least for now. 

The education minister closing the door on this option just a few weeks ahead of a summit on higher education. 

Minister Pierre Duchesne says under the current economic climate, it is just not feasible to eliminate tuition, which would come at an estimated cost of a billion dollars a year.

Student groups are disappointed, but not necessarily surprised by the news.

Jeremie Bedard-Wein is spokesperson for ASSE, the group formerly known as the CLASSE. He says the government is backtracking on its promise.

"Just last week Pauline Marois extended her hands to l'ASSE saying they will look at every option. This summit was built on the premise that we would have debates about higher education."

The group is now threatening to boycott the meeting.

"With the exclusion of free education, it is clear this summit is not going to be a place for debate," says Bedard-Wein. 

The education summit takes place between February 25-26.

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