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Ottawa, Apr 4 (Canadian-Media): A new poll done for the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) revealed that 60 percent of Ontario university-bound students in aged 15 to 17 were worried about getting well-paid, full-time job after graduating, media reports said.
More than 70 percent students preferred to have full-time professors with secure positions and benefits than a contract professor.
“Our members [and Ontarians alike] are clearly in favour of professors with full-time, secure employment, with the same pay as everyone else and benefits,” said Gyllian Phillips, president of OCUFA.
"One very significant finding, especially in the southwest region, is that 95 per cent of Ontarians feel that universities need to be model employers," said Phillips.
Phillips said she was concerned about number of professors on contract and added,
“Recent data suggests that more than 50 per cent of courses taught in Ontario universities are taught...by people working on short-term contracts with a fraction of the wages with no access to benefits and no job security,” she said.
Phillips said in some cases, it was essential to have courses taught by contract workers.
“Obviously, we would definitely see that sort of practical component as always being an important part of the university,” she said.
“It’s the creep into these other disciplines and just the overall increase of courses taught by contract faculty that is the major concern,” said Phillips.
The data was compiled by Mission Research and involved just over 2,000 online interviews drawn from a random sample of Ontarians age 15 and older.
Ontario has the lowest per student funding in Canada, said Phillips and added the funding challenges were contributing to universities turning to contract faculty but "it can't be good for the future of education".
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)