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Tuition fees not enough to fill ESL funding gap, post-secondary cutbacks block pathways to higher education for BC immigrants, teachers say

Vancouver — Charging students tuition fees won’t be enough to meet the growing demand for high-quality postsecondary English as a Second Language education, BC’s oldest and largest association of ESL professionals warned today.

Classroom closures and faculty layoffs at public post-secondary institutions will still go ahead despite new ESL tuition fees announced by BC Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk last week, and the association of BC Teachers of English as an Additional Language is urging Virk to restore funding in the next provincial budget.

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