The BC Government says they want to make BC the most educated place on the continent and that 78% of jobs will need post-secondary education. So why have the BC Liberals made things worse by cutting per-student funding by 20% over the last 15 years? Every year student tuition fees go up and government funding goes down, and students are being left with crippling debts.

According to Open The Doors (openthedoors.ca), provincial funding for post-secondary students has decreased by 20% after inflation since 2002. As a result, students have had to pay higher fees and are struggling with rising living costs.

In some regions, students arrive on campus to find that the classes they need aren’t offered, or there isn’t space for them. Others have had to delay their graduation because a course wasn’t offered when they needed it. In 2013, BMO’s annual student survey found that B.C. students expected to owe an average of $35,000 when they graduated. That figure has only gone up, meaning many prospective students are not even bothering to enroll because they can’t afford the fees.

Everyone who wants to should be able to get an education, regardless of their income — and without being saddled with a lifetime of debt. It’s what we need for BC’s economy to thrive, and for families to build a better future.

The Future of Education Contest is here to give Emily Carr students a creative voice in order to amplify the urgency and consequences of these trajectories.

Visit openthedoors.ca for more information and actionable steps to get involved in these matters.

Resources

The Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) are strongly advocating across the country for:

Universal Access. Regardless of where you are born, how old you are or the background you come from, everyone should be able to access higher education and skills training without the barrier of cost or the fear of incurring debt.

Education Justice. Students who are being pushed out of the current model of colleges and universities today are disproportionately Indigenous, racialized, queer and trans, people with disabilities, people raised in single-parent homes and people from low-income families. Our public education system must not further marginalize these communities. Education is a pathway to liberation.

Public Education. Public education is a public good that society benefits from as a whole and it must be funded as such. Post-secondary education in Canada must be by the public, for the public. Colleges and universities must be not-for-profit and not tailored to private interests.

Read more good stuff at > http://action.cfs-fcee.ca/the_issues

The Tyee has been covering post secondary education crisis for years. Here are a few articles worth reading:

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives delivered a research study in 2012 making the case for fully funded post secondary education from a big picture look at what citizens with an education typically pay back into the province and country through income taxes. Pure gold!

  • www.policyalternatives.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/publications/BC%20Office/2012/01/CCPA_Paid_in_Full_2012_web.pdf

A federal post-secondary education policy: Ending the scattershot approach


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