TORONTO, Sept. 5, 2011 /CNW/ - Students welcome the significant funding
injection dedicated by the Liberal platform announced today but are
concerned that money spent on the cost of bureaucracy would be better
spent addressing tuition fees and student debt directly. The creation
of new satellite university campuses where there will be no graduate
student education or research is of additional concern.
"We are extremely concerned that today's announcement does not commit to
establishing tuition fee rates, or address the high levels of student
debt," said Sandy Hudson chairperson of the Canadian Federation of
Students-Ontario. "The Liberal government knows that students are
drowning in high fees and have missed a major opportunity to reduce our
Existing satellite campuses in Ontario have been plagued by low
educational quality and confusing governance structures where local
autonomy is trumped by decision makers in another region of the
province. Students have been highly critical of any plans to expand
undergraduate education while at the same time not hiring more
professors or guaranteeing that all the courses students require to
finish their degrees will be available.
"The pressure is on the Liberal party to improve today's announcement by
stopping their policies of tuition fee hikes rather than offering a new
grant scheme to justify their own bad policy," said Hudson. "Students
and Ontarians in general are clear in their support for lower fees and
we hope that the party will change their course of action and start
freezing or reducing our costs."
Under the Liberal government, Ontario became the most expensive province
in which to study. Students have launched the Take It Over campaign to
encourage students to vote and promote policies that make
post-secondary education more affordable.
The Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario represents more than 300,000
undergraduate and graduate students at colleges and universities in all
regions of the province.
SOURCE Canadian Federation of Students
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