Student council party VeSte has asked the university to postpone the review of the FOS agreement on compensation for extra-curricular commitments planned for this year. VeSte's argument is that a review of the system would generate a lot of stress in the student societies.
The university will decide shortly whether to review the FOS this year. Spokesperson Simon Vink agrees that there is 'no point' putting a great deal of effort into a new FOS agreement. 'If changes are made they will only apply for one year. So you won't make great changes.'
Meanwhile VeSte is holding talks with national educational organizations with a view to influencing the conditions of the planned social loan system. Wouter Jan: 'We would prefer not to see a social loan system being put in place at all but if it is inevitable, we want to take the edge off it. We are holding out for a change to the law so that the FOS is no longer tied to the basic grant. If students are no longer compensated for a year spent on a board, no one will want to do it anymore.'