Youth report is vital

It was no surprise to me that many respondents said more funding was needed for post-secondary education in Surrey.

Many thanks to the SurreyCares Foundation for its Youth Vital Signs report (“Half of youth are happy living in Surrey: Report,” The Leader, Nov. 6.)

I’ve been teaching at Kwantlen for years, so it was no surprise to me that many respondents said more funding was needed for post-secondary education in Surrey. We’ve been shortchanged in this area for decades.

As the Vital Signs report notes, for every 100 18- to 24-year-olds in our region, local post-secondaries get funding for 12.7 seats – one-quarter of the 48.7 seats for every 100 in that age group elsewhere in B.C. that the rest of the province gets.

If we really want the future to live here, we’ve got to fix this. Let your MLA know that this is a priority for you.

 

Geoff Dean, Surrey

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