Post-Secondary Educators See Good News in Announced Cuts to Adult Basic Education (ABE) Tuition Fees

    VANCOUVER, Sept. 7 /CNW/ - "It's a long time coming, but we are glad to
see this policy change is finally going to happen," said Cindy Oliver,
President of the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators. Ms. Oliver was
reacting to news out of Victoria that the provincial government would
eliminate tuition fees for Adult Basic Education (ABE) programs delivered in
BC public post-secondary institutions.
    "We have been lobbying for this change for close to four years and it's
great to see those efforts are finally paying off," said Oliver. "ABE students
already face major challenges in terms of accessing post-secondary education.
Adding tuition fees to those challenges was just making a tough situation that
much tougher," Oliver noted.
    "Our Federation drafted a formal proposal two years ago. It was called
Opening Doors and it made a strong case for eliminating ABE tuition fees. We
followed that up with a series of meetings with senior staff from the Ministry
of Advanced Education. Prior to those presentations, our members had been
pressing government MLAs on this issue in hopes that they would support our
call for a policy change. Although it took a long time to make it happen, it's
clear that our efforts were not ignored," Oliver added.
    "We are glad to see this change and we hope it represents a first step by
the provincial government in addressing some of the underlying problems in the
public post-secondary education system. We will be making that case over the
next several months to MLAs and Cabinet Ministers as the government and
Legislature Committees begin to identify priorities for the February 2008
provincial budget," Oliver concluded.

    The Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of BC is the provincial voice
for faculty and staff in BC colleges, university colleges and institutes, and
in private sector institutions. FPSE member locals represent over 10,000
faculty and staff.

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For further information: Phillip Legg, FPSE Communications, (604)

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