Fees, taxes, mergers – who knows?

“Once again a statement from the Minister for Education along the lines of ‘proposals will be before Cabinet in a number of weeks’ regarding fees. He’s been saying this since last year, so it will be interesting to see when we finally get the announcement. Now of course everything is contingent on the raft of new taxes and public sector cutbacks that will be imposted in April’s emergency budget. Things are certainly looking grim on all fronts and fees will probably seem like the least of people’s worries. With increasing unemployment, reduced graduate employment and a higher tax regime it’s not exactly the best time to also bring in a fees scheme and the income certainly won’t benefit the universities since they’ll barely cover the cuts presumably …” (more)

[Summa cum laude, 5 March]

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