University Reform: Long Overdue

University Campus in Upstate New York

With Ontario facing large budget deficits for the foreseeable future, there is fertile ground for cost cutting in its bloated university system. A few years ago, the Liberal government decided Ontario’s Colleges of Education were producing too many graduates. Rather than cut the enrolment directly, they did so in a way to increase overall costs (for students as well as the taxpayer). The one-year Bachelor of Education was expanded to two years.

Given that teachers were trained over two short summer sessions in the 1960s, when there was a shortage of them, it beggars belief that a two year program is necessary. It was a policy, cynically designed to preserve jobs at Colleges of Education in Ontario.

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