Friday, February 24th, 2012

British Columbia’s Students Criticize $41 million in College and University Funding Cuts

British Columbia’s Canadian Federation of Students is furious about $41 million worth of cuts that will be made to BC’s college and university funding by 2014.

Spokespeople for the federation have been very critical of Premier Christy Clark and say the cuts will hurt students the most.

“The Premier’s ‘jobs plan’ is built on thin air,” said Zach Crispin, Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students-British Columbia.

“Post-secondary institutions will play a critical role in preparing workers for new jobs, but the government is demanding that colleges and universities do more with less.”

Crispin added the cuts will mean fewer professors having to cope with the largest class sizes in Canada.

“Tuition fees are going up at the same time that class sizes increase, equipment becomes outdated, and building maintenance is ignored. Students are paying more and getting less every year,” said Crispin.

“The BC Liberal government’s quest for artificially low taxes is unsustainable. Students and our families are paying the price with record-high student debt and reduced quality of education,” said Crispin.

The federation also claims that if you account for inflation, per student funding for BC’s post-secondary institutions is lower than it was in 2001.

Ryan Leclaire
Author: Ryan Leclaire
Ryan has been writing for 7 years and has been featured in Chatelaine, Canadian Living and Cottage life.
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