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Ramsey to propose block on Student Fee increase

9 December, 2007


Sinn Féin MLA Sue Ramsey, who is the Chairperson of the Assembly Employment and Learning Committee, will move a 'Prayer of Annulment' motion to block an increase in Student Fees proposed by Reg Empey on Monday, December 10th.

Ms Ramsey said:

"Sinn Féin raised objections within the committee to this regulation presented by the Department of Employment and Learning that would have allowed Reg Empey to increase Student Fees.

"The issue was taken to a vote and agreed that there would be a motion to the Assembly seeking to annul these regulations. The majority of the parties opposed Student Fees in their election manifestos and many indeed called for their abolition. On this basis it is incumbent on us to oppose any increase in Student Fees.

"The evidence shows that the introduction of Students Fees has had a significant impact on students studying in our universities, on rising levels of student debt and on the falling numbers of students from disadvantaged backgrounds taking third level studies.

"It was a mistake for Reg Empey to seek to increase the level of Student Fees in the first place and I hope that we can get all party support for this motion when it is debated in the Assembly." ENDS

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