No concensus on tuition at summit
Quebec's education summit has wrapped up — and there appears to be no consensus on the touchiest topic: tuition.
Working groups were struck to discuss and report back to the government on issues like financing and accessibility, though not a specific one on tuition.
"We have a lot of working group," said FEUQ spokesman Martine Desjardin. "Why not have a working group [on tuition] if it's a way to avoid a conflict and not having a concensus on this."
Higher Education Minister Pierre Duschene says it's realistic not to expect a concensus, with more student protests on the horizon.
"We find preparing or not, there will be some manifestations today," he said. "It's normal. Manifestation, it's not a crisis."
Many university rectors warn that if funding doesn't increase, certain research and programs — like medecine — will be at risk and they'll have to cut jobs and student services.
Photos: Protesters gather at Cabot Square for a demonstration on February 25, 2013, to coincide with the start of the education summit. Kevin Gallagher (CJAD 800); Pauline Marois at education summit, February 26, 2013, Olivier Pontbriand (La Presse)