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Sinn Fein oppose increase in tuition fees

12 October, 2010

Sinn Fein has said they are opposed to any increase of tuition fees for university students. Sinn Fein spokesperson on Further Education Paul Butler MLA said the Minister for Employment and Learning Reg Empey should, “reject the British government’s report into the review of tuition fees carried out by Lord Browne.”

Mr Butler said;

“This report if implemented in the north’s universities would lead to increased debt for students and their families and would deter many from disadvantaged and low income backgrounds from taking up higher education. Browne’s report transfers the responsibility for paying for higher education from the government onto student’s graduates and their families which would burden them with huge debts for many years.”

Paul Butler continued

“It is totally unacceptable that the ability to pay for higher education has now become the benchmark for accessing educational opportunity. The University Campus should be a learning place not a market place. We believe that education is a basic right. If the Browne report is implemented it will lead to the introduction of the marketplace into our universities and a two-tier third level education system.” CRÍOCH

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