08/17/2012 06:20 EDT | Updated 10/17/2012 05:12 EDT

All Quebec Colleges Have Ended The Student Strike


After months of boycott, students at every Quebec CEGEPs will be resuming classes.

Friday afternoon, students at CEGEP du Vieux Montréal and at CEGEP Saint-Laurent voted to end the strike after a general assembly voted to continue the boycott last week.

At CEGEP du Vieux Montréal, 905 students raised their hands high with yellow voting cards – 552 of which voted to resume classes next week.

University students will vote on whether or not to resume the class boycott over the next ten days.

Meanwhile, students at Lionel-Groulx, Montmorency and Saint-Jérôme colleges were back in their seats on Thursday morning, two days after announcing their return to class.

According to the more militant student association CLASSE, nearly 150 associations in 12 different universities had mandates for an unlimited general strike even after the adoption of special law Bill 78 last May.

Student associations in seven faculties supported the student strike. Among them were social sciences students at UQAM and social services students at Université de Montréal along with graduate students in Université de Sherbrooke's communications department — excluding the students on the Longueuil campus.

Nearly 10,000 students in associations connected to the CLASSE have voted to continue boycotting classes since the election writ dropped two weeks ago.

The university start-date is set for August 27, but many general assemblies have yet to vote.

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