Students, CUPE critical of NS university funding plan

February 4, 2011

Students and union leaders in Nova Scotia say they are disappointed by the provincial government's plan to allow tuition fee increases capped at 3% and reduce university funding by 4%. Nova Scotia's representative of the Canadian Federation of Students says the current NDP government "has let students down despite promising to decrease tuition fees while they were in opposition." An estimated 2,000 students took to the streets of Halifax last week to protest the cost of PSE in Nova Scotia. Meanwhile, the president of the CUPE local representing teaching assistants and part-time faculty at Dal, MSVU, and SMU says in regards to the 4% cut in university grant funding, "we certainly don't think the reductions should come at the expense of front line staff like TAs, or full and part-time faculty." CUPE News Release | CFS News Release | CBC