It is essential in the new economy that Ontario strengthen its efforts to promote career-focused programs. An important step would be expanding the range of degree programs at the province’s colleges. Ontario’s public colleges already offer four-year degree programs. However, this province is one of the few jurisdictions in the world where graduates of a three-year post-secondary program can only earn a diploma, rather ...more »
Apprenticeship facilitation. The opportunities for recent graduates of high school to enter apprenticeship programs in a number of trades such as plumbing, electrician etc are severely limited by the requirement that several journeymen must be available to train each apprentice. The college of trades must be reformed to facilitate easier access for young high school graduates .Our neighbour is a recent graduate but finds ...more »
Recent graduates face enormous challenge of finding decent jobs. They could use some help. However, OSAP begins charging high interests 6 months after graduation. Instead of assisting graduates in beginning their new careers OSAP creates additional fiscal pressure. This financial burden forces graduates to sacrifice professional career for the sake of quick employment opportunity in order to keep OSAP debt and interests ...more »
There are currently 20 developed countries that offer free university tuition. I'm a student and I am struggling with the idea that I am paying thousands of dollars for post-secondary education, only to graduate with years of debt I'll have to face before I can start my life. How about we spend tax dollars on having higher education paid for, instead of huge tax cuts for large corporations? We are the ones with the skills ...more »
I believe it is time to warn student's prior to them going into a field (especially teaching) what their chances are of ever getting a job unless they move to another Province or country. There are so many teachers out there who have been trying to get jobs for years, trying to become full time teachers only to end up with a contract year after year if they are lucky. Others have to give up their dream & move into another ...more »
In Dwight Duncan's last budget the Ontario Government gave University Institutions the authority to allocate their Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS). The Government no longer has quotas associated with disciplines.
The Ontario Government should either reinstate the quotas or split OGS into two scholarships aimed at the Humanities/Social Sciences, as well as the Sciences/Technologies.
The Franco-Ontarian community represents over 600,000 people in Ontario. The largest francophone community outside Quebec. For cons, the accessibility in French is however very limited post-secondary education. The Ontario University has no French. Yet Quebec has three English-language universities to serve the community and Anglo-québecoise Manitoba, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia each have a francophone university. That's ...more »
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So that the Franco-Ontarien.ne.s can ensure their full potential, they need the ability to manage their own academic programs. With the recognition of the autonomy of the Franco-Ontarien.ne.s school and college in the 1980s and 1990s, the Francophone community of Ontario came out stronger, more united and better equipped to ensure the development of their language and culture. In this sense, the French Ontario Students' ...more »
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There seems to be a wide gap in High Schools academic levels. We should have an independent measure to go against. It is unfair that some students go to 'special schools' and buy marks and then go on to win scholarships and funding while other capable students are left behind, not given the opportunity. There is only one way to equalize it, standardized testing! It's not a perfect solution but it is better than what ...more »