VANCOUVER, Feb. 12, 2014 /CNW/ - Students were disappointed that
yesterday's Speech from the Throne failed to set out any measure to
address the ongoing crisis of student debt in British Columbia. The
Speech referenced government's intention to "re-engineer" colleges and
universities, but without detail.
"Students can't get the classes they need, and can't afford the classes
they get," says Jenelle Davies, Chairperson of the Canadian Federation
of Students-British Columbia. "High tuition fees and a lack of
provincial grants mean that student debt in BC continues to climb off
Average student related debt for BC students is currently $35,000 for a
four-year degree, well above the national average of $27,000. Tuition
fees and student debt have never been higher in BC.
"Any government 're-engineering' of BC's post-secondary system without
addressing the funding model is doomed to fail," says Davies. "The
post-secondary system cannot increase its capacity and quality without
sufficient public investment into colleges and universities."
The Canadian Federation of Students-BC is composed of students from 15
post-secondary institutions across every region of BC. Post-secondary
students in Canada have been represented by the Canadian Federation of
Students and its predecessor organizations since 1927.
SOURCE: Canadian Federation of Students - British Columbia
For further information:
Jenelle Davies, Chairperson (604) 733-1880
Zachary Crispin, Spokesperson (604) 355-5014