Ordinary People faction opposes sweeping fees for part-time students

The four MPs within the 'Ordinary People' faction attached to the Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) party won't endorse the across-the-board introduction of tuition fees for part-time university and college studies as proposed by the coalition, the group's leader Igor Matovič said on Thursday, March 3.

The four MPs within the 'Ordinary People' faction attached to the Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) party won't endorse the across-the-board introduction of tuition fees for part-time university and college studies as proposed by the coalition, the group's leader Igor Matovič said on Thursday, March 3.

Ordinary People's fellow coalition parties have been informed about its stance, he said, expressing hope that by the time the coalition's draft is debated at a parliamentary session in March the coalition will have come to an agreement on the issue. The faction has two proposals, said Matovič, outlining one of them. The world's top universities provide scholarships to students who post the best results, while charging tuition fees to those with inferior marks, he asserted. Matovič advocates the idea of charging roughly 20 percent of students, those with the worst study results, for their courses.

The group's second proposal will only be made public after Ordinary People's coalition partners are updated on it, he added, as quoted by the TASR newswire.

The faction opposes the idea of instituting fees for part-time study on the grounds that this goes against pledges that it made to its voters. "We're dead sure that if we made the introduction of sweeping fees possible, universities would be strongly inclined to educate an even larger number of part-time students than now, as this would provide a compelling source of income for them," he said, adding that such a measure would damage the quality of college or university education.

Source: TASR

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

Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

Top stories

Health Ministry gearing up for COVID vaccines

Mass campaign planned to get people to take jab.

Illustrative stock photo

He was almost murdered. Instead, he is to become general prosecutor

It was not clear whether the election would take place on December 3 until the very last moment.

Maroš Žilinka

Žilinka elected the next general prosecutor

He received 132 votes out of the 147 present MPs.

Maroš Žilinka

Grandson turns his blue-haired grandma into an Instagram sensation

President Zuzana Čaputová is one of her nearly 13,000 followers.

Photographer Marek Pupák takes pictures of his grandmother. He also created the blue.grandma profile on Instagram, where he posts the photos of her.