The health of post-secondary education concerns all of us
November 5th is the annual students’ Day of Action where students gather to express their grievances and aspirations. This is a suitable occasion for us as a country to have a meaningful conversation about the status of our post-secondary education and its future.
We have one of the highest quality post-secondary education systems in the world. Our universities and colleges have excellent reputations and rich history. However, if we are not careful, much of that success could be weakened as global competition rises.
Canada’s future prosperity, economic and social success depends significantly on the knowledge base of our citizens. Canada is not able to compete with China or India when it comes to low skill manufacturing and unless we enhance the skills of our labour force our competitive edge will diminish.
That means that Canada needs to ensure that all citizens have easy access to higher education. Access to university or college must not be restricted by income level.
Nowadays, students are graduating with huge debt burdens making them think twice about pursuing their higher education. As a society, we need to recognize that crushing student loans over the long term will be a determent to the future prosperity of our country. Also, post-secondary education institutions need sustainable research dollars so they can attract talent and improve our technological developments.
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