Monday, October 15th, 2012

Nova Scotia Students Blast Government’s University Cuts

Last week, the Nova Scotia government announced that they will be cutting university funding by three percent in the 2013-14 academic year.

The cuts have already raised the ire of the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS), who pointed out that this is the third consecutive year that Nova Scotia’s universities are seeing a cut in funding.

“This funding cut will be passed directly onto Nova Scotia students and their families through fee increases and a diminished quality of education,” said Nick Stark, Nova Scotia National Executive Representative for the Canadian Federation of Students.

“This funding cut is unfortunately just another example of the Nova Scotia NDP turning its back on university students in this province.”

The CFS recommends that the government eliminates the” ineffective” $11 million tax credit program, redirecting the $25 million dollar “Innovation Fund” aimed at giving universities incentive to make budget cuts and devoting less university resources to senior administration salaries and bonuses.

“This funding cut directly undermines the NDPs recent commitment to reducing tuition fees in their next mandate,” said Stark. “If the NDP plans to honour its promise to reduce tuition fees they need to start prioritize [sic] funding for post-secondary education.”

“Over the years students have presented the NDP government with numerous alternatives to cutting funding to universities and increasing tuition fees, which have all been ignored,” said Stark.

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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