Dundalk IT Students Union says lack of detail on fees 'not acceptable'
The Students' Union at Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) has said that the lack of detail on promised reductions to the student contribution charge is "unacceptable", and says it "is disappointing that the government have not adapted the fully publicly funded higher education system".
In a statement by DkIT Students' Union (DkITSU) President, Christopher O’Neill, Mr O'Neill said that "DkITSU welcomes the much-anticipated announcement by the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, on how higher education will be funded into the future."
It goes on to say however, that "the lack of detail on what reductions will be made to the Student Contribution Charge is not acceptable – this is a key area of concern for students across Ireland who face ongoing financial struggle while trying to get a third level education."
The DkITSU President continued, "Student representatives across the country have been calling for publicly funded higher education for many’s of years, In my time as a student representative we have had many’s of national campaigns calling for publicly funded education, Education for all and the cost of college being the most recent.
"While Ireland still has the highest student contribution charge in the EU, it is disappointing that the government have not adapted the fully publicly funded higher education system, which is free at the point of access, in order to make third level accessible to all and not just for those who can afford the significant costs."
Mr O'Neill added, "Minister Harris indicated in January that there would be a significant reduction to the Student Contribution Charge in the next Budget and despite no commitment today to do that, we will continue to campaign and lobby for that to happen."
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