School District Sets Fees for Graduated Adult Courses
Prince George, B.C. – School District 57 has set fees for graduated adult courses.
At its general meeting last night, the motion to set fees passed in a 4-2 board vote.
“I have to look at it from the perspective of the person,” said Trustee Bruce Wiebe. “And I want to vote in favour because I think it supports the people who need it most.”
Trustee Trish Bella agreed with Wiebe, adding “the courses won’t exist if we oppose these fees. It’s not fair these cuts are happening however I can’t remove the ability for students to take these courses.”
Trustees Sharel Warrington and Bob Harris opposed charging fees with Warrington arguing, “most of our graduated students come back into the system after they’ve made some tough choices. Our ministry are making demands that aren’t fair to our community and to our adult learners.”
The decision to charge fees was made in response to the announcement by the Ministry of Education that tuition-free upgrading for newly-enrolling adults who hold a Dogwood diploma would be discontinued as of May 1, 2015.
Courses starting May 1 will be set at $560.00 per course. Starting October 1, 2015, course fees will be set at $575.00 per course.