Volume 93, Issue 96

Thursday, March 30, 2000


Shinerama still in doubt

Freeze called for fifth year

CAPS recommends police make streets safer with less money

Taste of sugar linked to gene

Evolutionary link becomes loose with DNA study

Alliance needs more than a name change

Caught on campus


Freeze called for fifth year

Marcy Cabral
Gazette Staff

Post-secondary institutions in the province of British Columbia will experience a freeze in tuition fees for the fifth consecutive year.

David Anderson, spokesperson for the British Columbia Treasury Board, said Monday's budget announcement slated $85 million in funding for post-secondary education.

With the tuition freeze firmly set in place for next year, the funding would create 5,025 new seats for potential students at all B.C. post-secondary institutions, he said.

Morgan Stewart, chair of the University of Victoria Students' Society, said the extra funding would help put money back into the system.

"The provincial government is putting more money into education than the federal government is putting into healthcare and education," Stewart said, adding the province allocated $40 million in funding for universities, which made a big difference.

Tuition in B.C. has remained steady at $2,470 per year for an average undergraduate program, said Mark Veerkamp, B.C. chair of the Canadian Federation of Students.

Thanks to a lot of hard work and an increase in enrollment at B.C. post-secondary institutions, the freeze was guaranteed for yet another year, he explained.

In terms of quality of education, there was not a lot of difference between B.C. and Ontario, except in cost, Veerkamp said.

Students attending B.C. schools don't have to worry about yearly tuition hikes, he added. "I do not expect the freeze to be lifted," Veerkamp said.

"It's a policy that makes sense and it's tried every year."

"As a bureaucrat, there is no good reason for a policy," Anderson said, adding a change in provincial government could jeopardize the tuition freeze.

"The majority of students going to school now, have never seen an increase in tuition," Stewart said, adding students are aware their tuition rates can go up at anytime.

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