Government says tuition fees are inevitable

EDUCATION Minister Martin Fronc and Finance Minister Ivan Mikloš insisted that the introduction of tuition fees for Slovak students is inevitable, news wire SITA reported.

The new draft law on tuition fees enables universities to set fees within the range of 5 to 30 percent of study costs.

The payments should cost between Sk3,500 - 21,000 (€85 - 510.33). The universities will set the fees depending on their branches and fields study. The parliament is expected to deal with the cabinet draft in January.

The ministers promised that the fees would be compensated by state loans, available for all students for at least ten years with an affordable interest rate. Moreover, students would not have to start settling their loans until their income reached at least the level of the Slovak minimum wage, and payments would not exceed 10 percent of their income.

The proposed change is in reaction to the inability of the current system of universities financing, which prohibits educational institutions from collecting fees, to avoid debt.

Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
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