A forward-looking education system is one that is adequately funded and rooted in the community it serves, and it provides a continuum of learning, from early childhood through adulthood. With public schools and post-secondary institutions utilizing on-line learning during the global pandemic, it is imperative that all New Brunswickers have equal access to education.
All regions of the province must have access to fibre optic internet service,
and computers must be provided to all public school students.
A Green government would:
- Give schools the authority to manage their own budgets based on the circumstances and priorities in their area.
- Implement a universally accessible childcare system.
- Access federal funding for a universal school breakfast and lunch program, designed and implemented locally to take advantage of local circumstances.
- Adequately fund public universities so they can gradually reduce tuition fees. The long-term goal is to achieve free tuition.
- Restore the Tuition Access Bursary program.
- Restore the Timely Completion Benefit program with a debt cap of $20,000 and extend the eligibility period to 5 years.
- Restore the Tuition Tax Credit Program for graduates who work in the province upon completion of their studies.
- Eliminate interest on provincial student loans.
- Eliminate credit checks associated to the loan and bursary application.