Nieuws - 15 september 2009

Study grants frozen, student unions angry

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.

Education minister Plasterk
The Volkskrant reported on Saturday that student grants will not be increased in the next two years, according to information leaks from budget papers to be presented on Princes' Day. This means that there will be no adjustments for inflation in the bursaries to be awarded in 2011 and 2012. For comparison: this year has an increase of €4.13 per month.
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