McGill students oppose deregulation of international students' fees

    MONTREAL, Sept. 11 /CNW Telbec/ - The Students' Society of McGill
University (SSMU) condemns the decision made by Education minister Michèle
Courchesne to completely deregulate international students fees in Quebec.
International students pay upwards to five times the fees paid by Quebec
students, and even if international fees were hiked to be the highest in the
world this would barely put a dent in Quebec universities' underfunding.
    "We have been saying this time and time again : the numbers are clear,
student pockets are not the answer to the funding crisis. Do we make
elementary school students pay for their studies? University students do make
more money than elementary students, but universities require far more money
than elementary schools", explains Devin Alfaro, vice-president (External) of
    McGill's budget hovers around $500 million, the funding gap of Quebec
universities is estimated at $400 million. "We must get out of this band-aid
solution mentality and allocate sustainable, public funding to our
universities", adds Mr. Alfaro.
    Quebec's economy is in dire need of skilled workforce, and the number of
university students is not going up. "In a context of an aging workforce being
replaced by an insufficient quantity of young workers, to inadequately fund
universities and further dissuade people from going to university by hiking
fees is highly irresponsibility. It is simply counter-productive", concludes
Mr. Alfaro.

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