Ottawa, 30 January 2012
RE: APTPUO's support for the National Day of Action
Ladies and Gentlemen,
The Association of Part-Time Professors of the University of Ottawa (APTPUO) supports the National Day of Action, organized by the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) and its affiliated locals, to be held on 1st February 2012 all across Ontario.
Post-secondary education is a public good that benefits the whole of society. Skyrocketing tuition fees, rising student debt, larger class sizes, less teaching resources, program cuts, are all symptoms of chronic public underfunding.
By failing to make the needed investments in post-secondary education, governments are limiting access, compromising quality and promoting the increased casualization of academic labour. The federal government needs to provide dedicated cash transfers that fully fund post-secondary education, and that protect quality and accessibility.
The Feb. 1 National Day of Action is important to academic staff in Canada because:
- It should be a national priority to create an affordable, accessible, and high quality public post-secondary education system;
- Canada needs to maintain a comprehensive range of public academic programs, from the arts and humanities to engineering and professional programs, and from social sciences to natural sciences;
- Working together, the federal and provincial governments need to develop a coordinated plan to support teaching, research, and learning on all Canadian campuses.
The APTPUO supports the National Day of Action. Affordable post-secondary education is important to all Canadians. Appropriate funding from governments is therefore required to make education accessible to all, and to have dedicated professionals offering their expertise and experience in the classroom with all the resources needed for the benefits of students.