Monday, September 17th, 2012

British Columbia Colleges and Universities Want a Word with Minister Yap

Reps from British Columbia’s colleges and universities want an audience with the new Minister of Advanced Education.

Earlier last week, the representatives of close to 30,000 faculty and staff who work and teach in BC’s colleges, universities and institutes called on Minister John Yap to convene a summit of post-secondary education stakeholders to deal with BC’s post-secondary education system.

A number of organizations sent a letter to Minister Yap, requesting this summit.

The letter reads, “On behalf of the faculty, staff and students who are part of BC’s public postsecondary education system, our organizations play an active role in advocating for our institutions and the communities in which they operate.

“For a number of years now we have stressed the important role that post-secondary education can and must play in advancing and sustaining growth in British Columbia.”

“Students are feeling the pressure of higher tuition fees and increased student debt,” said Katie Marocchi, BC Chair of the Canadian Federation of Students.

“Unless we find a way to address those problems, the opportunity of a post-secondary education will become more expensive and more restricted.”

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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