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A group of more than 600 gym teachers in Quebec is concerned about an online physical education program that is being offered by nine technical colleges, the CBC reported. The gym teachers object to the fact that no face-to-face meetings with advisers are required and say the online format undercuts the purpose of gym classes.

"One of the things you do in physical education classes is develop social connections," Jérôme Leriche, a professor of education and sports at the Université de Sherbrooke, said to Radio-Canada.

Five students have enrolled in the online physical education program, which is being overseen by CEGEP de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue, a college located about 300 miles northwest of Montreal. Eric Aubin, the college's director of studies, said the program was designed in consultation with physical education teachers. Aubin said the classes are intended to respond to demand from students who were having difficulty completing their required classes.