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胡达克应砍掉大学助学金

Wasted Tuition Grants Should be Axed Altogether

安省进步保守党领袖胡达克在其雄心勃勃的削减10万工作职位的计划之后,又把眼光放到了削减其它项目上面。其中一项与安省的家长和学生最为相关的是30%的学费补助金,这项补助金计划也是胡达克欲砍项目之一。
After Hudak’s ambitious 100,000 job cutting plan, the PC leader has now set his sights on cutting out clutter. One of the most pertinent to Ontario parents and students is the 30% tuition grant, which Hudak proposes to axe amongst a smorgasbord of other programs also on the chopping block.

明年,我将开始大学第三年的学习,我那个专业的学费将从7000元涨到超过20,000元。我曾以为那30%的助学金能够大大降低我这个专业今后的经济负担。在了解到胡达克的建议后,我一开始觉得削减助学金有些过分。但是当进一步登陆OSAP(安省学生补助项目)的网站后,我发现每学期助学金的最高额度只有840还不到我的学费的十分之一。
Next year, I will be attending my third year of university and the tuition for my program will rise from $7,000 to over $20,000. I thought that the 30% grant would greatly reduce the future financial burden of my program. Having heard Hudak’s proposal, I initially thought that the 30%grant cut was crossing the line—but upon further inspection from OSAP’s website, I learned that the maximum grant available was a mere $840 per term—not even one tenth of my tuition.

不过我的例子比较特别,因为我的情况根本不足以反映整个安省44.7万学生的状况。据我了解的情况,助学金并没有被直接用于学费。相反地,它是发给家长或学生的一张支票,随你任意开销。就我个人而言,这笔钱让我有了更多零花钱,购买日用品或去外面吃饭。然而,我的消费方式远不及一般学生的普遍水平。
But my case is unique as my situation doesn’t nearly represent the 447,000 students in Ontario universities. As it currently stands, the grant doesn’t go directly towards tuition. Instead, it is a cheque issued to either parents, or the students. From there, the money can be spent in any form or fashion. Personally, the grant allowed me to enjoy more spending cash as I purchased more groceries and ate out more frequently. Yet, my spending patterns are nowhere near universal to what the average student spends their money on.

尽管我是滴酒不沾,但大多数学生并非如此。不管你对今天的大学生们怎么看,酗酒和狂欢已是今天大学生的必修课。华人家长们,不要想当然地认为只是某一族裔或者“特殊学生”才会在大学里喝酒,狂欢和酗酒在学生当中已是普遍现象,不管是印度留学生,还是华裔计算机本科生。即使我自己的女朋友,(她实际上是自己付学费的),政府助学金也只不过成了她买酒的补助金。
Although I abstain from alcohol, most students do not. Despite what you might think of university kids, partying and binging is a rite of passage. And Chinese parents, before you jump to conclusions that it’s just a specific demographic or ‘trouble kids’ that drink at university, I’ve found that partying and alcoholism amongst students is universal, whether it is Indian international students, or Chinese computer science majors. Even for my own girlfriend, (who actually pays for her own tuition) the grant serves as a boon to her alcohol budget.

但这不止是我女朋友。在我大学生涯的前两年中,我已经记不清有多少次听到我的同学说“我的助学金来了,咱们喝酒去!”或者“感谢OSAP,今晚我可打造一场。”不幸的是,大部分助学金和OSAP虽然本意是用在资助学生学费上,但最终却变成了垃圾桶里的空啤酒罐。的确如此,安省的的税款都用于资助你的子女的派对狂欢。     
But it doesn’t end with just my girlfriend. In my first two years of university, I lost count of the number of times I heard from my peers, “my grant came in, let’s drink!” or “thanks to OSAP, I can party tonight”. Unfortunately, most of the grant and OSAP that is supposed to go towards tuition ends up as empty beer cans in the bin. That’s right—Ontario tax dollars are funding your children’s partying habits.

这是一个所有家长必须直面的现实,学生们把很多钱花在酒精制品上。根据Marketing Magazine的一项调查,学生平均每年花费将近800元在夜生活(酒吧、俱乐部,等等)和酒类消费上。就目前就业市场对技能人才的需求不断增加,而大学本科生毕业不合格、找不到工作的人数触目惊心的增长的状况,政府重新调整专上学校学费的想法是明智的。
It’s a simple reality that all parents must face—students spend a lot of their money on alcohol. According to a survey conducted by Marketing Magazine, they found that the average student spends nearly $800 a year on nightlife (bars, clubs, etc) and booze. Given the ever-rising demand for trade skills and the alarming number of university undergrads who continue to graduate under qualified and remain unemployed, it would be wise for the government to realign their sights towards college tuitions.

如果助学金的大部分并不是用于付学费,那么这个项目应该砍掉。当然,的确有人会因为胡达克的反浪费之举而受到损害,但胡达克在他的削减行动中应保持清醒头脑。作为一个商科及经济专业的学生,我对乱花钱和贷款有过研究。在麦坚迪和韦恩执政期间,安省的赤字膨胀到了超过2800亿元。如果我们继续以这种速度花钱,安省将最终会撞到南墙。复苏之路是艰难曲折的安省人需要勒紧裤腰带。关灯吧伙计们,派对结束了。
If most of the grants aren’t going towards tuition, the program should be axed altogether. Indeed, there are some that will be wounded in Hudak’s war against waste, but Hudak must be vigilant in his cuts. As a business and economics student, I’ve long studied the causes of irresponsible spending and borrowing. Under the McGuinty and Wynne regime, Ontario’s deficit has ballooned to over $280 billion and if we continue to keep spending at our rate, Ontario will eventually hit the proverbial wall. The road to recovery is arduous and rough--Ontarians will need to tighten their belts to get there. Turn out the lights guys, the party’s over.

 

 

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