Volume 92, Issue 36

Friday, November 6, 1998

bigger than the post


Playing with the numbers

Re: Bring out the cheque-books, Oct. 30

To the Editor:

So Dr. Davenport has studies to prove that dental and medical students pay only 11.1 per cent of their education. Please Dr. Davenport provide us with this study so we can have a closer look.

Is he trying to tell us that the cost of education for a first-year dental student is over $120,000? I find that a little hard to believe. Or were those students who graduated last year with fees of about $6,000 per year the ones he was referring to? Or those at UBC who have had their tuitions frozen?

To make a blanket statement such as his is irresponsible for someone in his position. There is also the little matter of the contribution dental and medical students make to society. There is little doubt we make better than average salaries on graduation, but we have put in at least six and upwards of 10 years of post secondary education. The education is very demanding, as is the job. Surely it is not only us who will benefit from our education. If it is, then I think the public would make more of a scene regarding our education.

No one doubts that the cost of our education is higher than that of an arts degree and that we should be paying more than we have in the past, but come on Dr. Davenport, enough is enough. Most of the people in my year will graduate with debts of over $100,000. Where will it be in the future?

This massive hiking of fees has got to stop now or it will kill any future desire of people to undertake the massive risk and stress involved in a dental or even medical career and opt for an easier future.

Stephen Barlow
Dentistry III

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