A new report shows it’s time for the charity and learning institute to invest more in its education programs.
The organization, Learning Nova Scotia, is one of a number of educational institutions in the province that are struggling to attract students to their courses.
In recent years, the province’s education minister has said he wants to bring in more funding to help fund education.
“We have the highest number of students in Nova Scotia who are not in school and yet we have no money to go to those schools,” said Donna Gervais, a spokesperson for Learning Nova Scotians.
“It’s really frustrating.
I don’t know how we can keep going.”
The report by the charity Learning Nova Scotland says it is “increasingly struggling” to attract new students to its courses.
The institute is part of the Nova Scotia Government’s Strategic Development Fund.
Gervais said the institute is one example of how many Nova Scotias colleges are struggling with funding.
“When you look at the total number of schools that are operating, that’s the highest level that they’re operating in Nova Scotia,” she said.
“But we’re also looking at the number of children who are in need of learning.”
The institute has been operating since 1974, and the majority of its students are between the ages of 12 and 20.
It provides training for low-income students, and provides support for low to middle income students who may not have access to a high school.
Gavais said it’s not just a number problem.
“What’s happening is that we’re not really addressing what is the root cause,” she told CBC News.
Govans study of Nova Scotia’s educational institutions found that about one in four Nova Scotian students are enrolled in a college or university program.
She said the average tuition fee is about $16,000.
Gravia said it has already spent more than $6 million in the last two years on tuition fees.
“They’ve done so much to bring people into our education system, they’ve invested so much in it,” she added.
“So they need to invest in themselves and put money into their classrooms.”
Gervas study also showed the institute had a funding gap of $17.3 million.
“If we had that kind of funding, we would be able to bring more students into our program,” she explained.
Gvans report also found that Nova Scotia is not doing enough to keep up with demand for its courses, especially those that have low to moderate demand.
Givins study of schools and colleges found that the province has only 1,600 full-time students.
The number of high school dropouts in Nova Is has increased by about 60 per cent in the past five years.
Gevans said that while Nova Scotia has high enrolment, it has also become a more expensive place to live.
“People who are here are living in very high cost areas, living in more expensive neighbourhoods, and that’s where the demand is,” she noted.
G vancans report found that in 2018, there were more than 1,400 Nova Scotiacas colleges and universities that offered courses.
Gavea said it believes that the funding gap is the result of students opting out of the system or withdrawing from the province.
“For the first time in Nova Sceas history, we’re seeing a decline in enrolment,” Gavea told CBC Nova Scotia.
Gavis said she believes Nova Scotia should invest in itself in order to continue to attract the students it needs.
“I think we’ve seen in the report that there’s an increase in demand, but it’s still not enough,” she remarked.
“Our schools need more money and I think we need more investment in the education system.”