PEI

'Education for all should be our right': P.E.I. protest demands free post-secondary education

About 50 people turned out for a protest Wednesday on the UPEI campus demanding free post-secondary tuition.

Too many being kept from further education, protestors told

About 50 students turned out for the protest. (Jean-Luc Bouchard/CBC)

About 50 people turned out for a protest Wednesday on the UPEI campus demanding free post-secondary tuition.

Students should not be divided into haves and have nots, says Mary MacPhee. (Jean-Luc Bouchard/CBC)

The protest was part of a national Day of Action organized by the Canadian Federation of Students. CFS was expecting protests on 54 campuses.

"The cost of student tuition prevents many students from ever considering to apply for post-secondary education," MacPhee, VP academic and administration of the UPEI Graduate Students' Association told the crowd.

"Education for all should be our right."

Student union not involved

The UPEI Student Union did not participate in the Day of Action.

The Student Union supports more grants for students who need them, rather than the elimination of tuition.

MacPhee said needs-based grants are a start, but students should not be divided into haves and have nots.

With files from Jean-Luc Bouchard