Please note that the title is intentionally, and correctly, punctuated. I make no apologies to these self-entitled, ignorant, juvenile students who are fighting the selfish fight after years of undercontributing.
A few quick problems to note:
Students keep bringing up “$1,625” as the yearly tuition increase. For the students currently in university, it won’t be close to that. It’ll be $325/year. In Quebec, most university programs are 3-year programs, not 5 years as the dollar amount suggests. It’s easier to inflate the number for public sympathy (which ironically is lost when you prevent people from getting to work and earning money to support their families) than to tell the truth.
And to those who prefer the argument that a student with 3 years left in their 3 year degree (since they missed all of their classes this year) would have a total extra bill of $1,950 ($325 the first year, $650 extra the second, and $975 extra the third), I answer simply with the fact that after they graduate with a degree, they should expect to make back that entire sum in ONLY THREE WEEKS OF WORK. And that’s if you are making $34,000/year. If your goals are to earn less than that, perhaps university isn’t the place you should be right now.
It’s unbelieveable to me how students are so willing to put their own desires over those of hard working taxpayers who, by the way, are VERY HEAVILY subsidizing their lowest-in-Canada education. And for what? Quebec boasts one of the highest university attendance rates in the country at the same time as one of the lowest graduation rates. It’s not a huge leap to conclude that the low cost of attendance has absolutely no impact on churning out more educated, qualified graduates. The evidence shows that the low tuition thus far has only meant more people IN university, not more people who FINISH university. So what are these non-graduates doing on our dime? Partying? Drinking? Certainly not studying or working hard. For anyone who is committed, completing an undergraduate degree is simple. It requires hard work and dedication, sure, but that’s the minimum that one should display when they ask the public to pay 83% of their university experience.
Oh, wait, they didn’t ask us to pay – they expect us to pay. Sorry, students (again, punctuated correctly), the free ride is over.