Third-level fees – Proposals are unfair

“Current third-level students will no doubt welcome the announcement by Education Minister Batt O’Keeffe that they will not be liable for any new fees during the present third-level term. The idea of introducing such fees at this time — in the middle of a school year — would be as crazy as raising the fare in the middle of a bus, train or airplane journey. Would those who could not afford to pay be asked to get off? Thus Mr O’Keeffe’s assurance seems somewhat superfluous, but in the light of some of the Government’s recent actions, maybe we should not be surprised he found it necessary to reassure the students …” (more)

[Editorial, Irish Examiner, 9 March]

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