World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 13 Mar, 2021 03:15 am

Canada’s universities and colleges announce reopenings despite threat of COVID-19 third wave

Canada’s universities and colleges announce reopenings despite threat of COVID-19 third wave
Ignoring medical experts’ warnings of a deadlier third wave of COVID-19, Canada’s universities and colleges have begun to reopen.

At the urging of Quebec’s right-wing CAQ government, which has been at the forefront of the Canadian ruling class’s back-to-work/back-to-school drive, some universities and colleges (CEGEPS) in Canada’s second most populous province began offering in-person learning as early as February 8.The ruling class is only capable of going forward with the reopening of schools and non-essential production thanks to the trade union bureaucracy.One of their main functions from the beginning has been to suppress workers’ opposition to the ruling class’s disastrous pandemic response and subordinate them to the very capitalist parties responsible for this catastrophe.In taking up this critical demand, rank-and-file educators’ committees will provide a lead to the growing opposition among health care, industrial, construction, and logistics workers and other sections of the working class over the ruling class’ ruinous response to the pandemic.

Canadian universities are also anticipating huge losses of revenue in coming years due to the pandemic, including a significant drop in student registration, especially among international students.In an attempt to offset these pressures, universities got the greenlight from governments to receive international students as early as last October, even as experts warned of the dangers related to international travel.

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