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Quebec's education minister criticizes college's English-only Montreal campus

Edited on 2020-02-04

Quebec's Education Minister, Jean-Francois Roberge criticizes an eastern Quebec-based college offering English-only classes to foreign students, mostly from China and India, at its Montreal campus.

Jean-Francois Roberge demands the Cegep de la Gaspesie et des Iles to add French classes at the Montreal campus, and to change its website from English-only to bilingual.

The junior college, or CEGEP, started Montreal campus in 2015 with 35 students, and now has grown to some 2,000 international students, each paying $15,000 or more per year in tuition.

Sylvain Vachon, a spokesman for the school, claims the school has reached an agreement to translate the program's website. He also emphasizes the school has offered courses in both English and French.

"We're a bilingual CEGEP," Vachon added in a phone interview, revealing the Montreal campus would offer courses in French soon in September as long planned, "This year the CEGEP will be recruiting students from Vietnam and South America, where there is a greater demand for French."