Reintroduction of third-level fees may hinder social progress

Ireland“It is clear that higher education students are going to be asked to contribute to the cost of their education. Although this will create some social problems, it is not unreasonable because higher education adds considerably to the eventual earning power of most of those who engage with it. Moreover, while it makes sense for primary and secondary education to be free because everyone benefits from it, only 60 per cent of each age cohort enter higher education and some 50 per cent secure a qualification. It does not seem equitable that the half of the population who do not benefit from this experience should, through taxes, be required to help enhance the earning power of the other half of the population …” (more)

[Garret Fitzgerald, Irish Times, 28 March]

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