Bringing back third-level fees

Ireland“After months of speculation, the Minister for Education and Science, Batt O’Keeffe, is poised, apparently, to bring forward his proposals on third-level fees. Officials are finalising a discussion paper setting out a broad range of options. But, the Minister is hiding behind his officials by withholding his views from the public. Perhaps he is afraid that his memorandum will be rejected by the Cabinet. He doesn’t even have the conviction to advance his own arguments in public. Mr O’Keeffe deserves some credit for reopening the fees debate. The current situation where higher education is largely dependent on exchequer funding is unsustainable in the current economic circumstances and out of sync with the practice in most OECD states …” (more)

[Irish Times, 21 March]

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