Letter to the Editor: High Price for Virtual Education

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Why are Canadian universities charging unconscionably high tuition fees for a virtual online education?

It is bad enough that Canada, unlike the Western European Nations France, Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland, does not offer free tuition to her beleaguered young citizens but Canadian universities (e.g. Dalhousie) are charging this year unconscionably high tuition fees for a virtual, online, basic education.

High tuition fees mean that higher education is available only to the children of the rich, as it is virtually impossible to earn enough money to pay for tuition and living expenses by any summer job during the best of times, let alone during the ongoing corona virus pandemic.

A higher education confers a lifetime of higher incomes; many more job, business and societal opportunities. It is a hard fact that poverty for both men and women confers significantly shorter lives compared to the economic top 1% of society.

It is simply not true that Canada cannot afford free tuition as Canadians pay less taxes than the Western Europeans. We should not forget that the Canadian government magically found billions of dollars to support Canadians during the ongoing corona crisis.

Morris Givner
(Retired professor)