03/05/2012 06:41 EST | Updated 05/05/2012 05:12 EDT

Concordia Students Join Tuition Strike

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Thousands of students at Concordia University have joined the province-wide strike movement against tuition hikes.

As many as 6,500 students from six departments voted to boycott classes, starting Monday.

Students from Concordia are the first from an English-language institution to join the strike movement.

More than 100,000 students from francophone universities and CÉGEPS voted earlier this winter to strike against tuition increases.

Quebec plans to increase tuition by $1,625 in total, over the next five years, raising current fees from $2,200 to $3,800.

Students say education is a fundamental right and increases will discourage some people from continuing their studies.

Students argue that higher fees will also create a barrier to post-secondary education for thousands of people, and increase student debt loads.

The government has said that, even with the increases, students in Quebec will be paying some of the lowest tuition fees in the country.

Students at McGill University and Dawson College are expected to vote on the action this week.

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