Friday, August 01, 2008

Paying more for education

The young liberals of Quebec have come up with two new proposals for education in Quebec. First they want to “increase” tuition to the Canadian average, except, not. You see you won’t be paying more for your school year; you will be incurring a debt that you will be paying once you get on the job market. While the idea is not bad in itself, it’s probably going to turn people off from higher education even more then it is right now. Some/many people are already deciding they do not want a higher education because of the debt associated with it. So with that proposal not only will most of them get a 20 000$ student loan debt, but they will be getting an addition 4000$/year debt (so if you get a phd that on average 40 000$).

The second proposal is different. It proposes to increase the tuition of people going into higher paying job such as medicine. This is a completely stupid idea, well not the increasing tuition for some programs but increasing tuition because the program leads to a high paying job. See, it seems to be a good idea; they are going to be rich so they can pay more for school it’s only fair right? Well actually no, thing about it who will be able to pay more for an education? Those that already have money, so you will be cutting people off from important post because of economical means. Now personally I would propose increasing tuition to “luxury” programs, you know programs that do not offer job possibilities or that are hobbies more then jobs. The only problem I see is who decided what job are luxuries? I’m sure my ideas are not the same as people in social studies. Also it would be unfair to penalize areas of study that are less “profitable”.

1 comment:

anyflower said...

If they do increase Québec's university fees, I foresee an exodus of Quebec brains not after they graduate but even right when they start their undergrad or grad studies. Why did I do my masters in Quebec? CHEAP my friend, CHEAP! I couldn't afford a masters at U of Ottawa (well... not without staying clear of debts). Now if the Université du Québec en Outaouais had been charging the same fees, I would have definetly gotten my education at U of O and, from what I gathered from collegues, that education would've been of higher quality at U of O.

On the other hand, I think that it might be a good idea to increase the fees if that leads to reinvestment in education and higher teaching and service quality. Then maybe, our Quebec would have a good reason to stay, other than for money.