Budget 2008 displays ‘total lack of understanding’ of role of education, says IFUT

“The student registration charge will increase by roughly €600 to €1,500 from next September. However, Minister for Education Batt O’Keeffe has signalled this is only an interim measure, pending the likely return of some form of college fees. In a significant move yesterday, the Minister said he has now been mandated by the Cabinet to bring forward proposals on tuition fees. These are expected to be ready within four months, probably early in the new year. It is expected a new fees regime will be in place by September of next year. This is likely to run in parallel with the student registration charge which will increase from an average of about €900 to €1,500 …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 15 October]

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