International students could shun Manitoba
Re: International students could lose provincial health-care coverage (March 14)
There has been a series of setbacks concerning the health-care system in Manitoba. Just as the emergency room shutdown projects are being carried out, the province is out to also cut the free health care that international students have enjoyed over the years.
This reduction is said to save the government about $3.1 million per year, but they also forget the fact that basic social amenities are the reason Manitoba is the first choice for any future international student.
International students over the years have contributed a lot to the economy, not only through tuition; the diversity in the province makes the atmosphere friendly and attracts tourists from all over the world.
With the recent rise of tuition and cut of healthcare coverage, it is sending the wrong signal to the people involved — making them feel they are only welcomed here based on their financial strengths.
There have been so many changes in postsecondary education since this new government came to power and it is making Manitoba rank low in the eyes of international students.
While international students could receive coverage through a private plan, they would be required to pay their own premiums, at the cost of approximately $400 per student.
The province’s universities and colleges will be affected by this change, as there are other universities and provinces offering better options to international students.
It is obvious the Manitoba Progressive Conservative government is not looking critically at the consequences of this action, since instead of saving money, the number of students coming to the city will decrease.
We would like the government of Manitoba to consider the international students and bring a better idea that will suit us all.
HABEEB ADEOTI with Ezeh-igbokwe Kosi Ify, Tamitope Femi-Sodunola, Ademola Praise Omoyeni, and Deborah Oshoneye