Rallying Against Budget Cuts at the University of Manitoba

Rallying Against Budget Cuts at the University of Manitoba

By Sarah Klein

University of Manitoba
University of Manitoba (UMANITOBA.CA)

A rally today at the University of Manitoba will push back against upcoming budget cuts by the administration.

Students, faculty and staff are opposed to a four percent budget cut to all faculties, while U of M administration raises international student tuition by 18 percent. The 2016-17 budget also calls for an additional four percent in cuts.

“Students, staff and faculty are seriously concerned about the impacts these cuts are having on programs, courses and the quality of education,” said Michael Barkman, chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students — Manitoba.

“The effects of the budget cuts are being felt this year already, for example, students are without adequate course offerings, there are higher teacher–student ratios and increased workloads for staff and faculty.”

The “Stop the Cuts and International Fee Hikes Rally” will take place in University Centre today from 3:15 p.m. to 4 p.m.