The July 10 edition of The Telegram is possibly one of the most alarming I’ve read in a long time.
The story that our university is increasing its tuition fees by almost 100% or more is totally unbelievable.
What is more alarming than the amount of the increase is the lack of justification for such increases. We are given very little information on why these huge increases need to be justified. However, we are given a little idea of the reasoning.
It seems the government of Newfoundland and Labrador is cowardly, instead of cutting funding to the university and telling it to live within its means without increasing tuition fees, has cut funding and left the university to itself to compensate for the loss of income.
What should the university do? Should he reduce the number of directors / supervisors, including directors / deans / vice-presidents and other so-called supervisory staff, including the president, some of whom earn nearly half a million dollars a year?
Should they close one or two of their disciplines like the English department or medicine while completely abandoning the idea of a law school?
How about getting out of the vocational education business?
Then there’s the constant proliferation of buildings and the acquisition of incredibly valuable real estate like the Johnson GeoCenter and the old Battery Hotel, not to mention the waterfront properties in St. John’s and Holyrood?
Socrates was one of the greatest teachers to ever live on this planet. There is no record of him ever having received a penny for his teaching. Yet our faculties today need over half a million a year and that may never include teaching anyone a single course at all times.
Socrates taught that the very foundation of any civilization or nation is that the citizens involved are both educated and healthy. We seem to be doing a good job on the health side, with the exception of dentistry and drugs.
On the education side of things, we fail on so many levels that it would take 10 of these articles just to scratch the surface.
Suffice it to say here that the university, which is supposed to be at the top of our education system, is beyond measure. One of its biggest failures has been its efforts to go hand in hand with the government to put education beyond the reach of the average person on the streets.
Yes of course, the government, aware of its role in this madness, is already trying to correct its actions by helping students offset the mind-blowing increases offered by the university.
Too little too late and stupid beyond measure.
Memorial University was built to honor the memory of those who gave their all in the great wars.
There are few left in this province or in our country for that matter.
Still, I’m sure those who know what the University is doing should shake their heads in disbelief and shock at what the keepers of their memorial are doing.