Ten per cent of college students drop out after teachers’ strike

Ten per cent of college students drop out after teachers’ strike

  • December 13, 2017
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Ten per cent of full-time college students — or about 25,700 — have dropped out rather than return to class following a lengthy strike by their teachers.

And even though “the vast majority … chose to stay and finish the semester,” post-secondary Minister Deb Matthews said for those “who did decide to withdraw, we hope you return to college.

“We need your talent and skills in this province and want to keep seeing you succeed. We will work with colleges to support and encourage students to re-enroll.”

Preliminary numbers released by the Ontario government Tuesday show that since Nov. 1, 10.3 per cent have decided to leave.

In a typical year, college students must withdraw from courses in the first two weeks of school to get a refund. About 2.55 per cent typically drop in the first two months.

But because of the strike, students were given an additional two-week window to do so after the job action ended, with a deadline of Dec. 5 to apply for a tuition refund and withdrawal with no academic penalty.

“This is the first time this has been offered in the history of Ontario colleges,” said Abdullah Mushtaq, director of advocacy for the College Student Alliance.

“I think it shows that the option is necessary for students — students didn’t sign up for an extended semester, or condensed classes … it gave students the ability to take the time to think about what to do and what’s best for them, considering whatever is going on in their life. Lots of students have jobs outside of (school), they have families, they are coming from different careers.”
Read more:thestar.com

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