OTTAWA, Sept. 11, 2012 /CNW/ - Growing disparities between provincial
tuition fee rates are leading to significant differences in public
post-secondary education access across Canada, according to a report
released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
"Without national standards for public post-secondary education,
provinces are free to set tuition fee rates at whatever levels they see
fit," said Adam Awad, National Chairperson of the Canadian Federation
of Students. "Canada needs national standards for access, enforced by a
post-secondary education act similar to the Canada Health Act."
According to the report, Eduflation and the Cost of Learning, it is now three times more affordable for a student from a median-income
family to study in Newfoundland and Labrador than it is for that same
student to study in Ontario. By 2015-16, education in Newfoundland and
Labrador will be four times more affordable.
Tuition fee increases have far outpaced the rate of inflation since 1990
in most provinces. Although inflation averaged only 2.1 percent per
year between 1990 and 2011, tuition and ancillary fees increased on
average 6.9 percent per year during the same period, largely due to
cuts in public funding.
"As the cost of post-secondary education continues to rise, it limits
the ability for middle-income and lower-income families to contribute
to the economy and save for retirement," added Awad.
The Canadian Federation of Students is Canada's largest student
organisation, uniting more that one-half million students in all ten
provinces. The Canadian Federation of Students and its predecessor
organisations have represented students in Canada since 1927.
SOURCE: Canadian Federation of Students
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