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Increasing Third Level Fees to €4000 would be detrimental to those on low incomes – Cllr Carney Boud

15 December, 2015 - by Cathleen Carney Boud

Sinn Féin Councillor Cathleen Carney Boud has criticised a recommendation by the working group on education to abolish third level grants for fees and increase the student contribution charge to €4000.

Cllr Carney Boud called on the government to reject this proposal and to commit to equality in education.

Speaking today Cllr Carney Boud said:

“I am calling on the government to reject this recommendation outright as it would have a detrimental impact on young people from lower income families. Under this recommendation, all students would have to pay €4000 up front for student contribution fees. Currently, SUSI covers the payment of just under €3000 for eligible students but this plan would see that scrapped with the student having to bear the full cost.

“Education is key to achieving a more equal society; these measures - if adopted - will immediately exclude children from low income families going on to third level education or else will burden them with unaffordable student loans.

“University fees are increasing year on year – where is it going to stop? Our education system is on the road to privatisation. The government must now express a full commitment to equality in education.

“Sinn Féin in our pre budget submission proposed a €500 cut in the student contribution because we believe that money should not be a barrier to third level education, especially at a time when our young people are leaving this country in their droves because of the lack of career prospects and meaningful employment.”

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