The B.C. Liberals have failed to make post-secondary education a priority, resulting in lost opportunities for young people and skills shortages. Under the Liberals, student debt has dramatically increased and important programs have gone without necessary funding. Despite the looming skills shortage, this government cut funding for the Ministry of Advanced Education in 2012 and again in 2013. The 2013 budget projects 6000 fewer spots will be available at post-secondary institutions.
Education and skills training is our number one priority. Access to education and skills training is key to growing a sustainable economy that will attract investment, create good jobs, and build ladders of opportunity into a strong middle class. That’s why we have committed to supporting a needs-based student grant program.
Adrian Dix and the New Democrats recognize that 80 per cent of the jobs of tomorrow will require some form of post-secondary education or training. We believe that growing a sustainable economy starts with training today.
After neglecting our school system for years, the B.C. Liberals broke their election promise to protect education. It’s hurting B.C.’s students and their future. Here are the facts:
- More than 15,000 classrooms in B.C. schools don’t meet the government’s own class size and composition standards.
- Our investment in public education is falling behind other Canadian provinces.
- The B.C. government has been downloading costs onto local school boards without ensuring that funding keeps pace.
- The B.C. Liberals’ latest budget cuts another $34 million dollars from student aid, meaning B.C. students will be carrying bigger loans and have even less access to universities, colleges and technical institutions.
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