Ottawa—Students from Nova Scotia will be in Ottawa this week meeting with Members of Parliament and Senators to call for a high-quality and accessible system of post-secondary education in Nova Scotiaand across the country.

“A lack of federal leadership with respect to post-secondary education has resulted in Nova Scotians paying the third highest tuition fees in the country,” said Michaela Sam, Chairperson for the Canadian Federation of Students-Nova Scotia “It’s time for our federal government to take responsibility for students in this country.”

Students’ recommendations are outlined in a policy paper, Public Education for the Public Good, which is available for download at www.cfs-fcee.ca. Included is a cost neutral recommendation that would see the Federal government follow the lead of Newfoundland and Labrador and convert student loans to grants.

“It is not acceptable that a young person looking to attend post-secondary education in Nova Scotia faces fees three times higher than those in Newfoundland and Labrador,” said Sam. “Our Federal government has a responsibility to ensure students across this country have equal access to post-secondary education.”

Students from Nova Scotia are joining others from across the country in Ottawa as part of the Canadian Federation of Students’ annual lobby week. Students from Nova Scotiaare meeting with Members of Parliament and Senators from Nova Scotia including Megan Leslie, Geoff Regan, Mark Eyking and Rodger Cuzner.

The Canadian Federation of Students, Canadas national student movement, is comprised of nearly one-half million students from over 80 college and university studentsunions. Students in Canada have been represented by the Canadian Federation of Students and its predecessor organisations since 1927.

 

 

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For more information please contact:

 

Contact: Michaela Sam, Chairperson, Canadian Federation of Students-Nova Scotia

Tel: (902) 999-4318

Alt. tel: (902) 425-4237

 

Contact: David Etherington, Maritimes Organiser, Canadian Federation of Students

Tel: (902) 292-7991

Alt. tel: (902) 425-4237

Nova Scotia Students Seeking Federal Leadership on Education