November 12, 2021
Matters of Concern Related to Education
– Dr. Dougal MacDonald –
Alberta’s United Conservative Party (UCP) government introduced Bill 74, the Advanced Education Statutes Amendment Act, on October 26. According to the UCP, Bill 74 will “amend the Post-Secondary Learning Act and the Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship Education Act to align with the Alberta 2030 strategy,” the UCP’s new 10-year strategy for post-secondary education revealed on April 29. The Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship Education Act, which was introduced June 17 as Bill 67, will replace the Apprenticeship and Industry Training Act in early 2022.
As noted in the recent analysis published in Renewal Update, the Alberta 2030 strategy openly attacks the right to post-secondary education. It reveals an intention to supply narrow private interests with skilled labour free of cost, which Bill 74 will enshrine in legislation. Alberta 2030 has nothing to do with educating the youth to acquire the knowledge and ability to think for themselves so as to build a bright future for themselves and the society they depend on for their living, and to contribute to the same internationally. [More]
Stand with Indian Farmers!
– J. Singh –