Premier John Horgan made a huge announcement yesterday, stating his government will eliminate tuition fees on adult basic education and English learning programs.
This announcement will go against what the B.C Liberals in 2015.
The Liberals allowed education institutions to charge up to $1,600 per semester for full-time studies for adult learners. In turn, enrollment dropped by almost 35 per cent between the 2013-14 and 2016-17 school years.
Alyson Gourley-Cramer is the executive director of communications for the college of new Caledonia and she says their school is ready to take on more students.
“Close to 40% of our Adult Basic Education applicants are Aboriginal learners,” said Director of Aboriginal Education, Marlene Erickson. “This decision will help further our strategic plan that supports Aboriginal students to participate, complete and be successful in CNC courses and programs.” says the school.
The cost to make basic education free will be included in September’s budget.
Horgan added the NDP is planning to eliminate interest on student loans.