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Accessibility to post-secondary education

This week, according to the broad student coalition known as CLASS, three hundred thousand students from 178 associations are boycotting their classes in Quebec. The strike has been gaining momentum - and creating controversy - since it began in mid-February.

The province is raising tuition fees by $325 a year for the next five years.The Charest government argues the money will help ensure the quality of Quebec's universities. But students argue it will limit accessibility to higher learning.

Erika Shaker is the Director of the Education Project at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

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Accessibility to post-secondary education is also an issue close to the heart of Michel Ringuet, the Rector of the Université du Québec in Rimouski. Ringuet tells Susan about the student-government impasse, and some of the issues that need to be addressed.

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