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Newfoundland and Labrador adult basic education

Privatizing adult basic education repeats past mistakes

There’s a history of problems with private colleges in Newfoundland and Labrador. In the 1990s, a private college bankruptcy left thousands of students with large debts and no way to complete their training. In 2010, it emerged that 48% of students who attended private colleges in the province were unable to repay their student loans.

So it only makes sense that the Newfoundland and Labrador Conservatives would think that privatizing adult basic education was a good idea. After all, if you keep doing the same thing over and over again, surely things will turn out differently one day?

Well, not this time. Yet again, privatizing college education is costing Newfoundland and Labrador residents more and leaving students high and dry.

Since privatization of adult basic education in 2013, the average cost of tuition has increased by 88%. The number of students has dropped by over 30%.

Even with this latest scandal, the current government isn’t quite ready to try something new. After all, as long as the profits keep piling up for the privatization industry, it doesn’t matter that the biggest lesson students are learning is how it feels to live under crushing debt.