To the editor:
Things are not looking good for students these days. Tuition fees are higher than they have ever been and the average student graduates with tens of thousands of dollars of debt. It is as though there were never recognition in Canada that access to education should be a priority.
Most Canadians believe that education is a top priority for the country—up there with health care and jobs.
In the last century, we recognized that education was important for the health of our society and economy. We made public primary and secondary education a right and ensured that all children could go to school in a fully government-funded system.
Since then, the job market has evolved a lot. Over 70 per cent of new jobs in Canada require some form of higher education. The costs have become so high that many Canadians are either not able to access education or need to take on loans to make it through.
I believe that everyone should have the right to pursue their education if they are qualified and want to study. It is time for the government to recognize the importance of universal education and to fund it properly in Canada.
director at large,
UBC Students’ Union Okanagan CFS Local 3