TORONTO, Feb. 12, 2013 /CNW/ - Proposals put forward in a position paper
released today by the Ontario Progressive Conservative Caucus would
exacerbate existing inequality amongst Ontarians and severely damage
the quality of Ontario colleges and universities. The recommendations
in the paper call for continued tuition fee increases, the removal
altogether of controls on tuition fees in many programs and increasing
the role of the private sector in providing education and training.
"Record high tuition fees and the growing role of for-profit interests
on campuses are threatening the quality and affordability of public
post-secondary education in Ontario," said Sarah Jayne King,
Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario. "The Tory
plan would continue to shift the burden for funding education onto the
backs of students and their families, while forcing institutions to do
more with less."
The paper, entitled Paths to Prosperity: Higher Learning for Better Jobs, recommends different streams of education based on a students' ability
to pay. Students who can only afford minimal tuition fees would be
streamed into online, non-credit based courses or into three year
degree programs at colleges, while students with higher incomes would
be encouraged to go into "elite" programs in universities.
Since 2006, tuition fees in Ontario have increased as much as 71 per
cent. As a result, the amount of money students and graduates owe the
Ontario government has more than doubled, increasing 130 per cent in
just seven years.
"Affordable college and university education is a key component to a
more equitable and more prosperous province," said King. "The plans put
forward by Tim Hudak and his party sustain prosperity for the rich,
while low- and middle-income students will continue to be forced into
debt or be shut out of colleges and universities entirely."
Other problematic proposals in the paper include additional surveillance
measures on student loan recipients, providing further funding to
career colleges, wage freezes for college and university staff and
faculty and changing the current standards for teaching and research
for faculty. The paper provides no recommendations on graduate programs
or international students.
SOURCE: Canadian Federation of Students
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