Student unions have reacted with anger to plans to freeze student grants. The Dutch National Union of Students (LSVb) and the Intercity Student Forum (ISO) feel that the cabinet should invest in education instead of stripping it bare. Freezing bursaries and earlier cost-cutting measures will put both access to education and its quality at stake.
The ISO is concerned about the future of university education, as more cost-cutting measures are likely. 'Plasterk's action plan Leerkracht has already raised university fees by twenty-two euros per year on top of the index-linking. On top of this, student grants in the next two years will also be frozen', says an ISO news release.
The unions will demonstrate in The Hague on 22 September, a week after Princes' Day. /Hoger Onderwijs Persbureau