Monday, January 31st, 2011

Survey Says Over Half of Ottawans Think Tuition is Too High

Ottawa Ontario

Residence in Ottawa Ontario think tuition has risen to unacceptable levels.

A new survey’s results indicate that our nation’s capital is concerned about education costs.

The Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) and the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario (CFS-O) recently polled Ottawa residents and found that 55 per cent of respondents think tuition is too high.

“It is certainly worrisome for the government that, despite the attention it has devoted to the post-secondary sector, the public remains unconvinced.” said Dr. André Turcotte, professor at Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication and chief investigator for this study.

Another 65 per cent of those surveyed expressed they feel the current government hasn’t performed any better than the previous government in terms of the higher education system.

“As we approach an election this fall, Dalton McGuinty should remind voters of the important investments his government has made in higher education. More importantly, he should address a front-of-mind issue concern of Ottawa voters – Ontario’s high level of tuition fees,” said Turcotte.

The survey also revealed interesting stats about who respondents trust with education. 57 per cent answered they trust university professors to develop post-secondary curriculum, whereas 3 per cent said the government should develop educational programs. At the same time, 48 per cent answered they trust professors to develop the standards for post-secondary education, and only 9 per cent said they trust our government to do so.

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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