Views of Toronto students not represented by OUSA: Reducing tuition fees must be priority for students and government



    TORONTO, Dec. 5 /CNW/ - Students at the University of Toronto are
expressing concern over today's scheduled presentation, at Queen's Park, from
the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) and the College Student
Alliance (CSA). The two student groups have a history of yielding student
interests to government interests will be presenting their education policy
recommendations without input from any student representatives at the
University of Toronto, the largest post-secondary institution in the province.
    Since the 1990s, both OUSA and the CSA have advanced recommendations that
are inconsistent with the will of the majority of Ontario students. OUSA and
CSA have lobbied numerous times for tuition fee increases and greater student
debt, even while Ontario students faced some of the highest tuition fees in
Canada.
    "Students at the University of Toronto want reduced tuition fees, grants
instead of loans, and an adequately funded system of post-secondary
education," said Andréa Armborst, President of the University of Toronto
Students' Union. "With Ontario generating surplus after surplus, and with a
number of other provinces freezing and reducing tuition fees, there is no
question that a tuition fee reduction is a workable and manageable solution,"
said Armborst.
    The University of Toronto Students' Union represents over 41,000
full-time undergraduate and professional faculty students at Ontario's largest
university. "The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance only represents a
handful of students' unions situated mostly around the highway 401 and does
not represent students at any campus in the Greater Toronto Area," said
Armborst. "Calling their organisation representative is questionable in more
ways than one."
    "When the McGuinty government increased tuition fees, most students
brought out placards in protest but OUSA and CSA brought out their pom-poms,"
said Armborst. "It's time that these two lobby groups start listening to
students and put forward recommendations that students actually agree with."





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For further information: or to arrange an interview please contact:
Andréa Armborst, President, (416) 978-4911 ext. 223, or cell: (416) 890-9758

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