Canadian Federation of Students

Canadian Federation of Students

July 28, 2006 15:23 ET

Premiers' Post-Secondary Education Strategy is Lacking

Attention: Education Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor ST. JOHN'S--(CCNMatthews - July 28, 2006) - At the close of the Council of the Federation meeting today, Canada's premiers once again claimed that post-secondary education was a priority for the year ahead. Unfortunately, they offered little information as to how they would work with the federal government or even how much federal funding is needed to achieve their stated goals.

"It is up to both the federal and provincial governments to collaborate on a long-term vision for improving access and maintaining quality," said Amanda Aziz, National Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students. "It feels like we've gone backwards: although the premiers previously agreed on a figure for increased federal contributions, that seems to have disappeared."

Today, the premiers released a strategy titled, "Competing for Tomorrow", outlining the priorities for improving post-secondary education. The paper stems from a summit hosted by the Council of the Federation in February of this year. Students say the paper is inadequate because it ignores key issues raised by stakeholders, including core funding, tuition fees, and student debt.

"We're very disappointed that the premiers diluted their previous message and ignored what they heard from stakeholders in February," continued Aziz. "The Council of the Federation is definitely underachieving when it comes to making progress on access to post-secondary education."

The Canadian Federation of Students is Canada's largest student organisation. It is composed of over 80 university and college students' associations with a combined membership of over one-half million students. IN: EDUCATION

Contact Information

  • Amanda Aziz, National Chairperson
    Primary Phone: 613-261-7528