FACT: The majority of industrialized countries do not impose
tuition fees on higher education.
OPINION: I wouldn’t mind paying for higher education if
I could at least get some Air Miles or Club Z points out of it.
FACT: In May 1976, Canada signed the United Nations’
International Covenant on Economic, Social and Culturals Rights.
Part III of Article 13, Right to Education Section 2 (C) reads:
“Higher Education shall be made equally accessible to all, on
the basis of capacity, by every appropriate means, and in particular
by the progressive introduction of free education.”
OPINION: But if the Canadian government actually followed
any of the agreements it signed, it would actually have to do
stuff. Wouldn’t you rather watch curling and drink beer, then
actually do stuff? It’s the Canadian way.
FACT: In Newfoundland, no user fees were imposed on post-secondary
education until the 1960's.
OPINION: Coincidently the first Newfie jokes appeared around
the time they gave up free higher learning.
FACT: The first five Quebec community colleges of general
and professional training (CéGEP) opened in 1967. As part of the
major reforms to education in Quebec during the Quiet Revolution,
CéGEPs were conceived as free, public institutions. CéGEPs continue
to provide programs of study without tuition fees.
OPINION: French people must be crazy to have free programs
of study! No wonder they eat rubbery cheese curd and fat-drenched
gravy slopped on top of french fries.
FACT: As an incentive to joining, the Department of National
Defence offers to pay the tuition fees of certain civilian candidates
who enroll in the armed forces. DND also provides for the costs
of higher education for selected ranking members of the armed
OPINION: I’d be willing to get hazed for free education.
A couple of shaved testicles would beat working at McDonalds anyday.
FACT: Currently, children of faculty and support staff
at most post-secondary education institutions have a contractual
right to free tuition.
OPINION: UPEI does not offer this right to family members
of its faculty because the loss in revenue would take away from
the money needed to invest in useless programs like Island Studies,
Highland Bagpiping, and Business Administration.
FACT: Students in Canada are facing an average tuition
fee increase of 7.1% over last year - despite the fact that fees
were frozen in British Columbia, Newfoundland and Quebec.
OPINION: Canada fucking sucks. Our weather is too cold
to piss in. Our national sport features neanderthals prancing
about on skates. Only morons would invent something as stupid
as the Avro Arrow. The entire world mocks us for producing Bryan
Adams, Celine Dion, and Paul Schaffer. And our shitty tuition
increases 7.1 motherfucking %! Screw this! I’m moving to Afghanistan.
FACT: Since 1990, average tuition fees for undergraduate
arts have increased by 126%.
OPINION: I can’t think of anything funny to say about that
fact. It’s way to disturbing to even understand.
FACT: In Alberta, tuition fees have nearly tripled.
OPINION: Alberta’s provincial government is threatened
by an educated populace because they might be able realize how
batshit crazy their leaders really are.
FACT: Studies show that tuition fees have the strongest
and most negative impact on the accessibility of higher education:
a 1995 study showed that a 16% increase in tuition fees would
reduce enrollment by 14%.
OPINION: Thank God for call centers.
FACT: Governments themselves know that user fees on social
programs restrict access. Fees have been imposed “to make people
think twice” before using public services.
OPINION: After all, it’s not like the government is there
to serve its citizens or anything. If they invested in education,
they wouldn’t have enough money left over to build their golf
FACT: During the first three years of the freeze on tuition
fees in British Columbia, enrollment increased by 6.4% while in
the rest of the country enrollment decreased by 2.7%. BC now ranks
second in provincial participation rates.
OPINION: So let’s make that clear - A tuition freeze results
in increased enrollment while higher tuition results in decreased
enrollment. Too bad the people who decide to raise tuition have
their heads stuck up their asses. Otherwise we might actually
have more people getting educated.
is an Atlantic local.