Cabinet withdraws draft on installing tuition fees

THE CABINET withdrew its proposed bill on student loans, which would institute tuition fees, at its special session, the daily SME wrote.

Christian Democratic Movement chairman Pavol Hrušovský said that the cabinet wants to improve the draft.

The cabinet is scheduled to meet on March 2 to discuss further moves.

Free Forum MPs said they would not support the introduction of tuition fees, resulting in the cabinet's move.

The draft planned tuition fees of up to Sk21,900 (€540) a year and also intended to lift the upper threshold for loans from the current Sk20,000 (€492) to Sk40,000 (€985) a year.

Currently, almost 70,000 students are on strike alert to protest the institution of the fees. Several Slovak universities have officially joined the protest action.

Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

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