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Over 2,000 leave Humber over strike



Humber College revealed to Humber News on Wednesday that 2,201 students have dropped out from their programs after the five-week long college faculty strike.

Toronto | Murissa Barrington and Tyson Lautenschlager, Humber News

Humber’s Director of Communications, Andrew Leopold, said the withdrawals make up 8.3 per cent of the school’s enrollment rate.

“We certainly did encourage our students to consider staying in school and with their programs,” Leopold said. “I know our faculty and our students and schools overall are working hard together to try to make sure that students who have withdrawn will come back in January or September.”

The Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, Deb Matthews, announced the official numbers yesterday, less than a week after they were originally scheduled to be announced.

The minister said 10.3 per cent of students province-wide decided to drop out of school after the strike. In all, just under 25,700 full-time students withdrew from their programs.

“Over the past months, I have heard from students about hardships they have experienced as a result of this strike. It is clear that they have borne the brunt of the labour dispute between colleges and faculty,” Matthews said in a statement. “Preliminary reports from colleges indicate that the vast majority, approximately 90 per cent of students, chose to stay and finish the semester. Further, we expect many students who withdrew this semester will re-enroll in college in January and September, continuing their education in a new term.

“I want to say to those students who did decide to withdraw, we hope you will return to college. We need your talent and skills in this province and want to keep seeing you succeed. We will work with colleges to support and encourage students to re-enroll.”

The Post has attempted to reach out to University of Guelph-Humber administrators to validate a number but have not received a response.

More details to follow. Syndicated from Humber News. Image 1 from Humber News.

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