A public rally, held in front of the Saskatchewan Cabinet office on the afternoon of Sept. 29, was hosted by the University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union president, David D’Eon, to call upon the Government of Saskatchewan to renew their support for post-secondary education.
The provincial government introduced a 5.6 per cent cut to the base funding of post-secondary institutions in March 2017, at a time when the U of S tuition fees for the 2017-18 year had already been set. However, as a member of the Saskatchewan Student Coalition, the USSU is already preparing for an increase in tuition fees for the 2018-19 year.
Although Calling for Action was held on Sept. 29, the due date for term one tuition payments, the rally only drew in 20 people, three of whom are members of Students’ Council.
No statements were made by the provincial government about the event, although a few weeks prior to the event, the provincial government restored $20 million in funding to the College of Medicine to ensure the success of the accreditation review, which will begin at the end of October.
Calling for Action was also held in Regina and Prince Albert by other members of the SSC.
Nykole King / News Editor