Dal forum hears scathing critique of higher education

CBC panellists accuse universities of exploiting students and teachers

Dr. Laura Penny

Dr. Laura Penny
  • Dr. Laura Penny

The CBC Radio program The Sunday Edition broadcast a free-wheeling forum today in which some participants accused Canadian universities of exploiting both students and faculty in an effort to cope with chronic government underfunding. The two-hour forum was recorded last Tuesday at Dalhousie University three days before provincial advisor Tim O'Neill called on the government to impose higher tuition fees at Nova Scotia universities.

"We seem to have the money for G20s. We seem to have the money for fighter jets," Mount Saint Vincent English professor Laura Penny declared to sustained applause from the audience in Ondaatje Hall. "We seem to have the money to own the podium. We have the money to bail out banks. I could go on until next Tuesday. Why isn’t education a priority?"

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