Interview with Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education

Posted on September 6th, 2017

B.C.’s new Minister of Advanced Education says government will move quickly to expand a tuition-fee waiver program for former youth in care. 

In an interview with Postmedia on Thursday, Melanie Mark said her mandate letter listed her top priorities as “everything from moving on ABE (advanced basic education) to addressing apprenticeship ratios.” 

“Within that, Minister (of Children and Family Development Katrine) Conroy and I are expected to address tuition waivers for former youth in care, and I can assure you, as someone who has spent the better part of my life advocating for these vulnerable young people, that we’ll be moving pretty quickly.” 

Mark made the remarks a day before she is expected to join B.C. Premier John Horgan and Conroy at a news conference in Nanaimo on Friday.

She discussed the need for such an initiative to help foster kids succeed in life, but stopped short of confirming the event’s details, saying only: “I’m looking forward to making our announcement public. I can tell you it’s going to happen very shortly.”

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