The Nova Scotia governments million dollar post-secondary funding cut adds insult to injury, according to CUPE 3912.
These cuts show that John Hamms commitment to post-secondary education takes the form of lip service only, says local president Barb Moore. The Hamm government has passed on the cuts to students and staff who will have to deal with larger classrooms and fewer instructional hours.
Moore, whose local represents more than 1,400 teaching assistants and part-time faculty at Dalhousie, Mount Saint Vincent and Saint Marys universities, says a wave of students from Ontario has put even more pressure on already overcrowded classrooms.
Federal cash transfers for post-secondary education have fallen from about $100 per capita ten years ago to less than $50 today, Moore says.
With neither the federal or provincial governments willing to acknowledge we are in the midst of a funding crisis, this is very disheartening for students and staff, she says.