Quebec siblings sue CÉGEP over fitness test

August 3, 2010

2 siblings are taking Cégep de Lévis-Lauzon to court and suing for $25,000 each, claiming the fitness test at the school is illegal, unreasonable, and violates their charter rights. Despite both being sports-minded and active, the siblings were unable to pass a cardio-respiratory fitness test, and did not improve their scores a second time. Because the test counted for half of their final physical education grade, they failed their course. As a result, neither sibling could obtain a college degree. The sister has since been admitted to Université Laval's law school this fall, pending receipt of her diploma, while her brother was given a one-year reprieve from uLaval to allow him to attend university last year. A CÉGEP spokeswoman told a Quebec City newspaper last month that the failure rate of the fitness test was "really not high." The test, introduced at the CÉGEP in 2000, was designed to give students a "healthy mind in a healthy body," the spokeswoman said. In a letter included in the siblings' lawsuit, Quebec's education ministry expresses "extreme concern" over the use of a tool measuring physical performance, which ends up worth 50% of a student's final grade. Globe and Mail