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Ramsey: Sinn Féin will block any attempt to increase student fees at the Executive

14 March, 2011 - by Sue Ramsey


Sinn Féin MLA and member of the Assembly’s Employment and Learning Committee Sue Ramsey has this morning said her party will block any attempt to lift the cap on student fees that comes before the Executive.

Sue said;

“Sinn Féin’s position is clear. We remain totally opposed to any increase in student fees, which would see further burden placed on those students who attend further education as well as their families; particularly those from socially deprived backgrounds. For us, that is unacceptable. Education should be based on the ability to learn, not to pay. Sinn Féin opposed the introduction of student fees and still opposes student fees.”

The reality is that no consultation is required on this issue, given the fact that all parties in the Executive oppose any increase.

Following the recent Budget announcement the Department of Employment and Learning was allocated an additional £50.6 Million. It is now up to the Minister to ensure that his spending plan does not include the lifting of the cap on student fees. The onus remains on him as Minister to ensure that third level education is available to all our community regardless of their ability to pay.

Sinn Féin will continue to oppose any increase in student fees when it comes before the Executive. It is time that the UUP stopped imposing Tory party ideology on the communities here.” CRÍOCH

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