When internet lessons lead to abandonment

CEGEP students will resume their lessons on January 18, mostly remotely, a situation that has repercussions on students.

For Florence Nadeau, Mégan Desrosiers and Angie Ouellet, students in special education at Cégep de La Pocatière, returning to class is also synonymous with a change of program.

“I had nine classes during my session, so nine classes per week. Then, I took two out of nine courses, ”says Florence Nadeau.

“I run a lot of classes. I have a lot of virtual misery ”, testifies in turn Mégan Desrosiers.

Fortunately for them, thanks to a COVID-19 clause, some of their notes will never appear in their bulletin.

“It’s been a really tough time. At the end of the session, there were a lot of panic attacks, ”says Florence Nadeau.

“Me, I laugh a lot in life, I am full happy, but there, I was no longer happy at all, ”explains Angie Ouellet.

Distance school is not suitable for them since it is rather difficult to organize and concentrate.

“Basically, I’m TDA [trouble de déficit de l’attention], so I need to be present in order to be able to better intercept the information ”, indicates Mégan Desrosiers.

Égide Royer, psychologist

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Égide Royer, psychologist

A “less efficient” method

For Égide Royer, psychologist at the Faculty of Educational Sciences at Laval University, distance education is a method that leaves much to be desired.

“My professional opinion is that distance education … currently, and in general, is much less effective than face-to-face teaching,” he says.

Mr. Royer specifies that entering CEGEP is already not an easy step without a pandemic.

“All my cohort of young people who are leaving secondary 5, who entered college this year, who are weak, those who have an average of 70% and less, normally the possibility that they will succeed in their college courses.[aux] on schedule, it’s 13%, ”he notes.

In the fall, Mégan Desrosiers will begin another program; even if it was not his first choice, it remains in its field, and above all, it is of a shorter duration.

“Of course it’s a shame, but if it can take a weight off my shoulders, for me it’s better,” she believes.

The fall was also difficult for her mother, who sometimes lacked words to encourage her.

“We might be the first to let go, us here. We didn’t experience it like that, us, ”says Mélanie St-Laurent.

The three cégépiennes were in front of their televisions during the last government press briefings; they were hoping for a plan or indications for the next session. Finally, nothing was announced. They are now asking Quebec not to forget them.

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