Thursday, February 28, 2008

Free higher education returns to Scotland

The Scottish Parliament has just (today) passed a bill removing the 'graduate endowment,' which was essentially a fee. The SNP Government's Education Minister, Fiona Hyslop (pictured) strongly argued (on the BBC this morning) that there is a fundamental right to free education:

"Access to university should be based on ability to learn, not ability to pay. I want people from all backgrounds to go forward. Debt and fear of debt prevents those from working class backgrounds, in particular, accessing universities."

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