04/06/2015 04:12 EDT | Updated 06/06/2015 05:59 EDT

BC Hydro rate increases hurting schools, says NDP

BC Hydro rate increases are leaving less room in schools' already tight budgets for education, according to the BC NDP.

Higher prices on electricity will cost school boards $6.87 million this year, and have already cost $30 million over five years, said Adrian Dix, the NDP critic for BC Hydro.

"Ultimately, our kids will be paying this hydro increase through some form of cut to their education," said Dix in a statement. "Parents are paying more, and their kids are getting less."

BC Hydro rates increased six per cent April 1, part of a 28 per cent hike over five years approved by the government.