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Gatineau protest cancels CEGEP classes again

05/08/2012 10:34 EDT | Updated 07/08/2012 05:12 EDT

Classes were cancelled once again today at CEGEP de l'Outaouais in Gatineau due to ongoing student protests

About 53 per cent of more than 2,000 students voted Monday in favour of continuing the boycott of classes until the next general assembly.

That will happen Friday. Support for continuing the protest was also rejected in other universities and CEGEPs across Quebec.

The students have been protesting a proposed tuition increase of $1,625 for months.

Students seeking a return to classes have obtained court injunctions ordering schools to reopen, but across the province ongoing protests have forced schools to cancel classes out of safety concerns.

In a compromise deal reached Saturday, the province agreed to spread the increase over seven years and delay its implementation until December, when a joint committee reports on how to trim expenses in university and CEGEP budgets.

Any savings the committee finds would also go to reduce tuition.

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