Crowd protests CNA funding cuts

Andrew Robinson
Send to a friend

Send this article to a friend.

Students and labour leaders raised their collective voices this afternoon to tell the provincial government it is making a mistake to cut funding to public education.

The event, held on the front steps of College of the North Atlantic's St. John's campus, was one of 15 held over the lunch hour today.

Adult basic education (ABE) services are set to be handed over to private institutions and community groups.

Michael Walsh, representing the Canadian Federation of Students, said ABE services should not be sold to the lowest bidder.

Carol Furlong, president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees, said it's likely more cuts to public education are on the horizon in light of he province's announced plans to conduct an efficiency review on post-secondary institutions.

For more on this story, read Thursday's Telegram.

Organizations: CNA, Canadian Federation of Students, Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees

Geographic location: St. John's

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Thanks for voting!

Top of page



Recent comments

  • Paid Canadian Federation of Students Operatives
    April 11, 2013 - 06:17

    I'm a political science student at MUN. I think it is important to consider a gew points when considering this issue. First, the organisers from the Canadian Federation of Students are paid organisers and it is a nice salary for a student. They are not flipping burgers or servibg coffee and their salaries are better. They have a financial incentive to organize the protest. More importantly is the student representation at the CNA protest, which numvered about 200 students. CNA Prince Phillip Campus has over 2 thousand students. The protestors came to MUN seeking students to support the cause, access to another 17 thousand students. But only 200 students showed up out of a potential 19 thousand. Either students are not engaged with the issue or the CFS is not motivating post secondary students in adequate numbers.

  • Not my Fault
    April 10, 2013 - 18:49

    Please support the adult education program for people to complete/finish their high school requirements. BUY: Remember that we as taxpayers are paying for what you should have done during your teen years for free but irresponsibly failed to complete - it is not required and must be done as cost can allow. Your actions made the decision to leave in most all cases

    • Gerry
      April 11, 2013 - 14:35

      Not My Fault, your extremely uneducated in the field. I'd like to bring to the light that a number of factors come into play when dealing with the Adult Basic Education program. Everyone enrolled within the course is not there because they wasted their time within the public school district, take into account; illness, pregnancy, and issues far out of ones control that lead to them having to continue at a more mature age. Also, the Adult Basic Education system is a resource to anyone's disposal who wishes to complete an upgrade in a given practice of Math, English, or the Sciences. Choosing to embark on one field in high school may not necessarily be the decision you wished to have made. Many young students may take Biology or Earth systems, later to realize in life they've acquired a taste for Engineering; a field where Biology is not as useful as Physics or Chemistry. The general public sees only what they believe this program is, not for what it truly is. I can tell you first hand, being a former ABE student and now Mechanical Engineer., I'm forever grateful for the College of the North Atlantic and its ABE program.

  • Wondering
    April 10, 2013 - 15:36

    Academy Canada is ready to pick up the slack. Didn't their principle owner make sizeable donations to Tom Marshalls, and Peter the Cheater campaigns?