CBC News – Manitoba university students should get break on fees for pandemic-affected fall semester: UMSU president

By Marianne KlowakCBC News

Some Manitoba university students — already feeling overwhelmed as a fall semester during a pandemic approaches — are wondering why they are still being charged fees for services when universities are offering online courses and campuses are partially shut down, says the head of a student union.

The president of the University of Manitoba Students’ Union says it’s a difficult time for students who have not only had to navigate the new reality of remote learning during the COVID-19 crisis, but in many cases, also lost their jobs or couldn’t find work this summer because of the pandemic — and now face tuition increases as they return to their studies.

“it has been a consistent … uphill battle to figure out which fees are essential in order to offer some kind of quality of learning that is comparable to what it would have been in person,” said UMSU president Jelynn Dela Cruz.

The universities of Manitoba, Winnipeg and Brandon, like many other post-secondary schools, have said the bulk of their classes for the coming fall term will be delivered remotely or online.

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