Students Paid “Biggest Price” For College Strike. It’s Time For Province to Properly Pay Back Their Losses!

“When you consider the cost of student housing, penalties for cancelling or moving flights home for the holidays, and the other costs students have paid for out-of-pocket while Wynne let this strike drag on, $500 is an obvious disappointment to struggling students.”

A Statement from Ontario NDP Advanced Education Critic MPP Peggy Sattler

Posted November 21st, 2017 on Niagara At Large

One of countless makeshift signs college students across Ontario held up during a province-wide teacher strike this fall that kept them out of class for five whole weeks. They paid their tuition at the beginning of the academic year. Will they be paid back for the academic time lost?

Queen’s Park, TorontoOntario NDP Advanced Education critic Peggy Sattler issued the following statement regarding the Liberal government’s failure to adequately help students returning to classes after the five-week long college faculty strike:

“Students worried about their ability to successfully cram five-weeks of missed coursework into a condensed two-week extension deserve a full tuition refund. New Democrats are extremely concerned that the government may be forcing students to drop out entirely if they want their tuition refunded.

I’m hearing from students who are being told that they must give up their spot in their program in order to qualify for the refund — with no guarantee that they will be accepted back into their program in the future. That’s not acceptable.

These students want to be able to continue the education they started, but they have lives outside of the classroom – many have kids, full-time jobs and other obligations that will make it difficult to successfully complete an accelerated, condensed course. They don’t want to drop out. They want to defer until January to get a fresh start on a complete semester.

In addition, Kathleen Wynne’s $500 cap on the Student Hardship Fund is simply not enough for many students who have suffered as a result of Wynne’s decision to sit on the sidelines for five weeks and watch this situation escalate.

When you consider the cost of student housing, penalties for cancelling or moving flights home for the holidays, and the other costs students have paid for out-of-pocket while Wynne let this strike drag on, $500 is an obvious disappointment to struggling students. Wynne has to do better to compensate the students who paid the biggest price — financially, academically and emotionally — for the five-week strike.”

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One response to “Students Paid “Biggest Price” For College Strike. It’s Time For Province to Properly Pay Back Their Losses!

  1. While this Strike was going on the Corporate Ontario Liberal Government was STILL busy advertising how great the College Education System is under their direction …and it my opinion this is a strong indication of the neglect the arrogance and Ignorance this party has perpetuated on the Taxpaying Citizens of this province and on the Students many of whom were lured from South East Asia countries by solicitors working for the Colleges and the Governments. THe ONLY Party to show concern for these young people has been the NDP and that shows me the extent to which the Party Politics of the Liberals and the Conservatives has deviated to the aganda of the Corporate Community.

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