Carr pushes change

Jody Carr (File Photo)
Jody Carr (File Photo)

Post-secondary education minister Jody Carr can focus his efforts on other problems now with the STU issues resolved.

“Now, with this agreement, it allows us to move forward at our larger issues at all universities focusing on skill strategy, collaborating together so that we’re really reaching our fullest potential and ensuring that each university is strong and successful,” said Carr.

Last month, Carr became the post-secondary education minister after his work as education and early childhood development minister.

In his job one of the issues that he would like to address, which is one that came up in the STU agreement, is having predictable and sustainable tuition for all New Brunswick universities.

Carr hopes to give the same attention to tuition problems at all New Brunswick universities as he did with STU.

Another concern Carr will be focusing on is the government’s student financial assistance programs. He said this is an issue most students are worried about and the department is now conducting a review of these programs.

“That’s something that’s really clear and is a priority from the Premier to me.”

Carr said he’ll be reaching out to student organizations across the province for input and suggestions.

“There was this sore spot that was lingering between St. Thomas and the department of post-secondary education that needed to be resolved,” said Carr. “Now that it’s resolved, we’re able to move on to larger provincial issues that we can work on and collaborate together on.”

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