Vanier students to protest new mandatory Quebec history class

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The Vanier College Student Association is planning a demonstration next week against a new mandatory Quebec history class.

They argue that the course is limiting their academic freedom.

VCSA president Omar Riaz says he does not have a problem with Quebec history, but says he prefers having as many options to explore as a student as possible.

Riaz says his organization has reached out to other student associations for a day of action planned for the morning of April 3rd.

He says the flexibility of choosing complementary or elective courses is one of the great aspects of the CEGEP system.

"When CEGEPS first came into place, there were four complementary courses, and they were to give students a chance to explore their interests and to do something outside of their core program," he says. "And to take that away defeats the purpose of CEGEP."

Riaz says that the Vanier College administration is supportive of the demonstration, and says the boycott will be respectful and peaceful.

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