Political opposition mounts to slow student extra fee plan

It will be very difficult for the government to get its plans to increase the fees for students who take too long to get a degree through the senate because the SGP is also opposed, news agency ANP reports.

The new make-up of the senate will not be finalised until May 23, but support from the fundamentalist Christian party SGP is expected to be crucial to ensure a pro-government majority.
The government wants to almost triple the fees for students who take longer than four years to complete a degree from next year.
But the SGP says this will affect slow students already midway through their degrees who can not avoid having to pay the extra money. It wants the government to introduce the change gradually.
On Monday, experts from law firm Stibbe said they did not think the plan was legally sustainable because it would also affect current students.
In addition, the plan breaks equal access to education law because it does not differentiate between full and part-time courses and the difficulty of the subject.
The council of state has already told the government it needs to introduce the higher fee in stages.
Stibbe looked into the legality of the move on behalf of student organisations.

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