Scots fight fee proposals

十二月 19, 1997

The student presidents of 13 Scottish universities and colleges are lobbying the government against its "morally indefensible" proposals for tuition fees for Scottish honours degrees.

The Scottish Office is to waive fourth-year fees for Scottish students, but there will be no similar concession for students from elsewhere in the United Kingdom. By European law, other European Union students will be exempt.

The presidents of higher education institutions affiliated to the National Union of Students Scotland have called on education secretary David Blunkett to ensure that all UK students get the same funding for studying in Scotland. They stress that the Garrick committee, the Scottish arm of the Dearing inquiry, said students should not be financially burdened by the four-year degree.

Richard Baker, deputy president of NUS Scotland, said: "We are concerned that the Department for Education and Employment seems to be ducking this issue by referring protests to the Scottish Office." Scottish education minister Brian Wilson had agreed to underwrite the Pounds 1,000 tuition fee for students from Scotland, and the DFEE should do the same for students in the rest of the UK, Mr Baker said.

The government line is that the Scottish Office proposals reflect the distinctive school system north of the border. A comparable fee waiver is inappropriate for students from elsewhere in the UK because they study A-levels over two years rather than Highers, which can be taken in one. Mr Wilson has said that many more A-level entrants could be admitted to the second year of Scottish degree courses.

But David Corner, secretary of St Andrews University, told a recent meeting of students that the government's stance implied that Scotland's school system is an inadequate preparation for higher education. "Dearing and Garrick found things in Scotland that they liked, such as the degree of breadth combined with specialisation, and the much greater articulation between further and higher education. The structures we are putting in place deny those successes, and in the end are going to make it rather more like England."

Please login or register to read this article.

请先注册再进行下一步

获得一个月的无限制地在线阅读网站内容。只需注册并完成您的职业简介.

注册是免费的,而且非常简单。一旦成功注册,您可以每个月免费阅读3篇文章。:

  • 获得编辑推荐文章
  • 率先获得泰晤士高等教育世界大学排名相关的新闻
  • 获得职位推荐、筛选工作和保存工作搜索结果
  • 参与读者讨论和公布评论
注册

欢迎反馈

Log in or register to post comments