Quebec siblings sue CEGEP school over fitness test
A Quebec teenager thinks that a failed fitness test should not hold her back from her post-secondary dreams and she is taking her case to court to prove her point.
Florence Dallaire-Turmel is a seemingly fit and active 18-year-old who has been unable to pass a fitness test that is a required part of her Quebec junior college (CEGEP) curriculum.
She played hockey, went to the gym five days a week and even took spinning classes while at CEGEP, but Dallaire-Turmel was simply unable to pass the fitness test that measures her heart rate.
"A lot of people pass it, they don't know why…but my heart rate is higher than other people. But I'm in shape," she said during an interview from Quebec City on CTV's Canada AM on Wednesday morning.
The Globe and Mail recently reported that because she cannot pass her test, Dallaire-Turmel has been unable to get her hands on a CEGEP transcript that is needed to get her into law school this fall.
Dallaire-Turmel said it is not fair that an "abusive" test will determine her future, and she is suing her school -- as is her brother, Olivier, who also failed the test -- as a result.
"We decided that we have to pursue them because it is abusive," she said on Canada AM.
To the siblings, it is unclear what exactly is necessary to pass the test.
Dallaire-Turmel said a teacher told both her and her brother that "hockey was not a cardio sport, so we had to find another way to get more in shape, again and again."
She said it is their suspicion that "there are other exterior factors maybe that made us fail our test," such as the fact that she appears to have a naturally higher heart rate than other people.
Her father, Simon Turmel, is representing his children in their case and said an expert has suggested "there are outside factors that should be considered for this test."
Turmel said that his children are not the only CEGEP students affected by the issue.
"There's other people from the college that have the same problem, but they don't know what to do. So they have to do it twice, or three times, the test…again and again," he said, appearing alongside his daughter on Canada AM.
But the core question in the case, Turmel said, is whether CEGEP "can evaluate your health."
So far, the school is standing behind the way it administers its test, despite the fact Turmel has spoken to an expert who has suggested it may not be scientifically valid.