Saturday, March 27, 2010
Administrative Dignity Student Respect
March XXVIIth, MMX
Hon. David G. Hancock, QC, MLA, Minister of Education, Progressive Conservative, Edmonton-Whitemud
Arguably the new proposed fee is quite a terrible thing for students to handle. But why not give them some dignity & respect. I realize this commentary is more in line with Douglas's purvue, but why not force the administration of the University of Alberta to break the fee into 10 seperate components spread out over the school year of $29.00 each? I assume GST will be applied to it as its a school fee, Steve Harper & Jim Flaherty should waive the cost of GST on this and all future fees at post-secondary institutions.
Many hundreds of of students will have to resign the office of school student &/or cutback to part time status. They will then have to get part time jobs and take their classes at a slower & I assume more expensive rate. Assuming of course that the new fee is applied to all students regardless of status (& I assume with the shortfall it wiil be.) As a man who has just completed his 200th High School Credit & who also has a University Degree, I can truly appreciate how expensive learning can be.
But in these times of economic austerity, isn't not the responsibility of the U of A and other post-secondary schools to be responsible in assessing and putting in place new fees? There should be no economic barriers to improving oneself with schooling, none!
Source: The Ministry Of Advanced Education, Government Of Alberta, Hon. Doug Horner, MLA, Minister Of Finance, Progressive Conservative, Spruce Grove-Sturgeon-St. Albert.