NAPE Calls On Government to Reinstate Adult Basic Education at College of the North Atlantic

For Immediate Release:

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

ST. JOHN’S, NL– President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE) Jerry Earle is calling on the provincial government to reinstate Adult Basic Education (ABE) at the College of the North Atlantic (CNA) on the heels of a social media post made by the Minister of Advanced Education, Skills, and Labour on the issue yesterday.

On Tuesday, May 2, 2017 Minister of Advanced Education, Skills, and Labour, Gerry Byrne, tweeted the following:

“Results of extensive review of CNA operations show removing Adult Basic Education were not based on sound financial evidence.”

“When ABE was privatized in 2013, NAPE joined students in denouncing the move saying that it would cost more and deliver less” said Earle. “Ultimately, we were proven right.”

Government documents released through an Access to Information Request in 2016 showed that the cost of operating Adult Basic Education had risen significantly, while enrolment in the program plummeted since the program was privatized in 2013.

According to the released data, program costs increased by 31%, while enrolment declined by 30%. In some cases, tuition fees more than quadrupled since privatization.

“Now we have a situation where Minister Byrne is saying that the decision to privatize ABE was not based on sound financial evidence based on the findings of the recently released CNA Modernization review process,” said Earle. “Privatization of ABE is clearly a failed experiment which has had a profoundly negative impact on students who are simply trying to further their education to better themselves with the goal of improving their lot in life.”

“If the province is serious about improving educational outcomes and reducing student debt, they would immediately begin the process of reinstating the ABE program at our public college,” said Earle. “That would be a modernization plan we could get behind.”

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For further information, please contact:

Keith Dunne, NAPE Campaigns and Communications Coordinator

cell) 709.631.9737          (email)