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Post-Secondary Students Feeling Pressures and Uncertainty in the Absence of Adequate Supports: Dinn
"Government needs to have a plan with specifics, and that plan needs to be sooner rather than later,” said Dinn.
Friday, May 15, 2020

Office of the Official Opposition
For Immediate Release

 

St. John’s, NL (May 15, 2020) – PC Official Opposition Critic for Advanced Education, Skills, and Labour and MHA for Topsail-Paradise, Paul Dinn, is raising concerns about the level of supports and accessibility for post-secondary students.

The post-secondary survey released this week by Statistics Canada paints a grim picture of the challenges facing students: 47% cite an inability to return to school next term, 26% indicated some courses have been cancelled or postponed, and 35% said a planned work placement has been delayed or cancelled.

Dinn said “These statistics are staggering. There are thousands of post-secondary students in the province and the anxiety levels for the continuation of studies due to the pandemic has been, to some, smothering.”

“I’ve heard from students not receiving timely updates, not being able to access online training, insufficient supports and little information on the quickly approaching fall semester. On top of the regular issues, such as studying, student loans, and accommodations the uncertainty with their programs just exacerbates the anxiety level,” said Dinn.

“Now that MUN and CNA have formally cancelled most in class instruction for the fall semester, students have questions about how lab based courses and work placements will be addressed,” noted Dinn.

“Both the MUN Student Union and Faculty Association have spoken out about students lacking appropriate technology including high speed internet and laptops. As well there are students requiring specific supports. Without basic tools, are we setting these students up to fail. Government needs to have a plan with specifics, and that plan needs to be sooner rather than later,” said Dinn.

 

Contacts:

Bradley Russell

Director of Policy and Research

(p) 1.709.729.3668

BradleyRussell@gov.nl.ca

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