Tuition fees in Quebec education system
by Benjamin Carbone on June 13, 2013 - 12:51pm
I chose the article “Quebec’s higher education minister rejects calls for free tuition”, from CBC News, because student fees on education, in Quebec, is a subject that relates to me as a student. This ethical issue makes us reflect about the value we give to education as a society. This issue also brings use to think about human rights on education.
Should Quebec education have tuition fees?
I think education in Quebec should not be free because I think making education free would probably lower the value of education. Education is something important that people should be willing to invest in. Investing in education should be perceived as a privilege and a sacrifice. Maybe not putting education to a price where no body can really afford it but putting a price to education permits student to value it more then having it free. When human invest in something, there are more willing to take care of it. When something becomes free, humans starts to take it less seriously. If education was free, I think students would probably take longer time in studies. The fact that studies are not free enables some students to think twice before neglecting their works so that they would not want to fail again to not pay another session. Also, tuition fees help the government to finance our education system. So, if student use it, it would be good to also invest in it as society already does with their tax.
The other perspective would say that education should be free because it goes against the right and freedom of students to be able to afford education. Education is something that everybody should be allowed to have and fees limits some students to afford it. Free education would enable a lot of students to go into programs that they were not able to afford and it would enable some to do what they really wanted to do. Regarding student salary, it should be considered to make education free. It gives for some the impression that the government would want to limit the education of the population to have a better control on them. Education is simply a basic right.
This issue brings also another question, if education was free, would it improve student performance in their study to education to be free as they would not have to worry to finance it?