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Rice on eliminating tuition for basic education, upgrading
Jennifer Rice, NDP MLA for North Coast. (Credit: Jennifer Rice)

Rice on eliminating tuition for basic education, upgrading

The provincial government has taken a step to reverse a liberal move concerning fees for adults wanting to upgrading their skills.

Premier John Horgan announced Tuesday the government will eliminate tuition fees for adult basic education and upgrading language skills.

North coast MLA Jennifer Rice says the government felt is wasn’t right that adults who wanted to improve their lot in life through upgrading should have to pay tuition fees. She says while the party recognizes that people leave school for a wide range of reasons, but cost shouldn’t be one of them.

In 2015 the liberal government allowed schools to charge up to $1,600 per semester for full time studies for adult learners. As a result of the added costs, enrollment dropped by almost 35 per cent between 2013 and 2014 and again between last year and this. The government also said those adult learners who have already paid their fees for this Septembers classes will get the money back.

Rice points out without having to dip into their own pockets, new Canadians will be able to get the language training they need to integrate into the wider Canadian society. It is one less barrier new immigrants have to face as they make the huge societal adjustment.

The government also announced they will be ending interest charges on student loans.

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