O’Keeffe to end free third-level education

Ireland“Next year will mark the end of free third-level education for tens of thousands of students, the Irish Independent can reveal. Education Minister Batt O’Keeffe last night confirmed he would bring proposals to Cabinet within two weeks which would compel students to pay for their college education. And students who hope to avoid the payment by enrolling this September will not escape, as they will have to pay from 2010. The move will signal the end of the era of free college education which began with the abolition of tuition fees in the mid-1990s. The plan is likely to create serious tensions within the Coalition and spark widespread demonstrations by students, who are vehemently opposed to fees, loans or a graduate tax …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 20 March]

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