Fage participates in accessible education talks

Justin Dickie
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As our population gets older, one organizations focus is to keep young people in this province.

As our population gets older, one organizations focus is to keep young people in this province.

The Alliance of Nova Scotia Student Associations has been meeting with MLAs across the province to raise awareness to student issues

ANSSA met with Cumberland North MLA Ernie Fage recently to discuss the need to make education in this province more accessible.

"Hes someone who really understands how education can effect the economy and how we need to advance," said Mike Tipping, chair of ANSSA.

Tipping said the issue at hand is the need to make education more affordable. He said the governments promise to lower tuition rates to the national standard within four years is a start, but far from good enough.

ANSSA would also like to see that students who cant afford to go to a post secondary institution, but are academically able, guaranteed an education.

"We need a vision for post-secondary education in Nova Scotia. There needs to be a holistic review of how were using our 13 community college campuses and 11 universities in Nova Scotia," Tipping said. "They should be the engine in our economy. Instead we just plod along and we dont know what were doing.

"A lot of those problems can be solved with a better focus on students and a better focus on education. Wed like to see an actual plan for doing that in Nova Scotia."



jdickie@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Alliance of Nova Scotia Student Associations

Geographic location: Nova Scotia

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