TORONTO, June 6, 2013 /CNW/ - Increasing the required time for a
teaching degree from one year to two will double the cost for students
wishing to become teachers in Ontario.
"Students in professional programs are already contending with debt from
their first degree and now will have to fork over twice as much money
for a B.Ed.," said Alastair Woods, Chairperson of the Canadian
Federation of Students-Ontario. "This decision will further limit low-
and middle-income Ontarians from becoming teachers."
Education Minister Liz Sandals announced yesterday that the government
will cut the number of students admitted to teacher's college in
Ontario from 9,000 to 4,500 and will extend the time of a teaching
degree from two semesters to four by 2015.
For a student at the University of Toronto, the cost of the pursuing a
B.Ed. would increase from $7,805 to $15,610, not including the tuition
fee increases that are scheduled to occur between now and when the
policy is implemented.
"Ontario students already pay the highest tuition fees in the country,
leaving students graduating with record high levels of debt," said
Woods. "Instead of burdening potential teachers with larger debt loads,
the Liberal government should be ensuring professional programs are
more accessible by reducing tuition fees."
The Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario is the province's only
bilingual student organization representing 300,000 college,
undergraduate and graduate students in all regions of the province.
SOURCE: Canadian Federation of Students - Ontario
For further information:
Alastair Woods, Chairperson, 416-925-3825 or email@example.com
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