Tuition fees too high: poll



    OTTAWA, Nov. 22 /CNW Telbec/ - Over 80 percent of Canadians think
university tuition fees should be lowered or frozen, according to a recent
national poll on public attitude toward tuition fees, accessibility and the
federal government's performance on post-secondary education (PSE).
    "Canadians have made it loud and clear that the costs of a university and
college education are far too high," says Greg Allain, president of the
Canadian Association of University Teachers. "Now it's time for governments to
listen."
    The Harris-Decima poll, jointly sponsored by the Canadian Association of
University Teachers (CAUT) and the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS), also
found:

    
       - 72 percent of Canadians say the issue of education will be critical
         or important in helping them decide their vote in the next election
       - 55 percent say the single most important step government should take
         with respect to PSE is lowering tuition. That figure is 77 per cent
         in the Atlantic provinces

    "Tax cuts do not make education more affordable, and they do not reduce
student debt. These polling results suggest that the government is out of step
with Canadians' priorities for social spending," says Amanda Aziz, National
Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students.
    Representatives of CAUT, along with more than 40 professors, librarians
and academic staff from across the country are meeting with MPs and Senators
today to discuss how the federal government can improve the quality and
accessibility of post-secondary education and research in Canada.
    CAUT representatives are highlighting the challenges faced by Canadian
universities and colleges, including:

       - Funding
       - Tuition fee levels
       - Recruitment and retention of top-quality teachers and researchers
    

    The delegates will be available throughout the lobby day for interviews.




For further information:

For further information: To arrange an interview: Lisa Keller,
communications officer (CAUT), (613) 726-5186(o), (613) 282-9619(c)

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