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Ministers to press on with scrapping student grants

Friday 18 January 2013

The cabinet is to press ahead with its plans to phase out student grants, despite the lack of support in the upper house of parliament, RTL news reports.

The broadcaster says the plans will be debated by the cabinet on Friday, on the basis of a policy document drawn up by education minister Jet Bussemaker.

The Liberal-Labour government wants to replace all grants by loans, although the very poorest students would still get some help. The aim is to introduce the change from September 2014, despite the lack of majority support in the senate.


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© DutchNews.nl



 

Readers' Comments

Yeah, why bother investing in the future when the politicians can pad out their retirement funds instead.

By H. | 18 January 2013 12:28 PM

If the Netherlands wants highly trained, highly paid professionals of university grade and above, they need to invest in them.

Going down the American route simply won't help matters.

By Gemma | 18 January 2013 4:45 PM

Wow, I was really hoping this wouldn't happen. How can they just "press through" without the support of the upper house?? I just can't believe that the great idea of actually ENCOURAGING young people to finish school has been scrapped. I agree H - it doesn't seem like this government cares about the future of its young people. How sad :(

By Stupid | 18 January 2013 6:14 PM

Anybody doing technical studies with this new scheme would be a fool.

A master in U. Leiden can be finished in a year. A master at TU Delft takes a minimum of 2 years if you are highly talented and take many sacrifices, and up to 3 years.

Salaries for scientists are not very attractive in the Netherlands. Why study science if you will be twice or three times more in debt than your peers at other universities? Not worth it.

By Ares | 19 January 2013 3:30 PM

@the Senate: at least at Hogwarts students that show magical ability are given a place, and students who cannot afford their supplies can receive financial aid from the school.

Dumbledore :)

By The visitor | 19 January 2013 11:48 PM

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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