NDP Calls For Free College Tuition As NSCC's Fees Rise

Posted on Thursday, May 23, 2019 09:58 AM

The Nova Scotia NDP is unhappy with the Nova Scotia Community College's plans to raise tuition fees.

Students will see a three per cent increase each year over the next three years.

NDP leader Gary Burrill says NSCC tuition should be free for Nova Scotian students.

He says the cost to taxpayers would not be high and the cost is worth it.

"It would be a wonderful investment so to go in the opposite direction and place more financial barriers to people's access to post secondary education is exactly the wrong way to go," says Burrill.

Burrill says there were once many jobs that people could get with just a high school education but that's not the case anymore.

He says considering most jobs require at least a college diploma, funding the community college would be like a continuation of high school.

"This is the way of the future, this is the way of the present in a lot of places, you have to make a serious investment in the upcoming generation," says Burrill.

At the very least, Burrill feels the province should be looking at other models. 

Newfoundland and Labrador's College of the North Atlantic and Memorial University of Newfoundland have relatively small tuition fees compared to most institutions.

Quebec has CEGEP - a publicly funded pre-university and technical college that's a part of the province's education system.

Story by Brittany Wentzell

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