The Quebec Liberals' youth wing is putting forth a proposal to scrap the CEGEP system as we know it.
They want to add a sixth year to high school, and a fourth year to university — and to have existing CEGEPs be transformed into centres for professional and technical training.
The proposal is due to be debated this weekend at a weekend meeting in Sherbrooke.
The Liberals' youth wing president Nicolas Perrino says CEGEPs no longer meet the needs of the 21st century employment market, and he'd like to see more emphasis placed on technical training and trades.
The idea of abolishing CEGEPs is not a new one — several individuals and groups from all political stripes have raised the issue in one form or another. During last year's Liberal leadership campaign, Pierre Moreau proposed the idea, while future premier Philippe Couillard rejected it out of hand, referring to the CEGEP system as an "economic development tool for the regions".
This past week, education minister Yves Bolduc said working committees are in place to make changes to CEGEPs, but that abolishing the system outright is not on the table.
CEGEPs were created in the mid-1960s in the wake of the Parent Commission, which reformed the education system in the province and led to the creation of the education ministry.