Graduate Students from ÉNAP and McGill correct rectors and the Charest government

MONTREAL, Nov. 7, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - The students of the École nationale d'Administration publique (AEENAP) rallied with the students of McGill's Post-Graduate Students' Society (PGSS) to denounce a misleading discourse given by the government and the Conference of Rectors and Principals of Quebec Universities (CREPUQ).

From 2007 to 2011, tuition fees have been subject to a $50 per semester increase. A study of the budget shows that the government never followed the rate of student contribution, as it initially promised. This increase represents a student investment of $226.3M. A gap of $358M still remains due to the lack of commitment from the government.

"First, the government should respect its initial promise. Then it should put in place a rigorous system of checks and balances to control the university's tendency to spend excessively. The university's administration should encourage good governance, rather than reward deficits," argued AEENAP's Anaïs V. L'Heureux, a doctoral student and vice-president of AEENAP

Mariève Isabel, a PhD student and PGSS's vice-president said: "If universities are so hard up for funding as they claim, they should pursue the government for the $358 million that are still missing. The government should keep its promise before imposing another increase. Students took responsibility for the 2007 increase—how come the government was so easily left off?"

"How do we believe the government this time when it justifies a new $1,625 hike, by telling us that the quality of studies will be improved and it will not withdraw funding in the future?" she concluded.

PGSS represents over 8,000 graduate students and post-doctoral fellows at McGill University. AEENAP has over 2,000 graduate students specialized in public administration.

SOURCE Association étudiante de l'École nationale d'administration publique

For further information:

Anaïs V. L'Heureux, AEENAP: 514-501-4714

Mariève Isabel PGSS: 514-398-3756

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