Today we write the Althing about the far-reaching underfunding of higher education. The think tank Timbro released the report "The cost of knowledge" a few weeks ago, in which they propose tuition fees. SFS absolutely does not want to see tuition fees, but instead wants to focus in our article on why the issue is raised. The fact is that year after year, the education grants per student have decreased, which of course affects the quality of the educations. We should not have to choose between tuition fees and underfunded education. All education must be of high quality. Read an excerpt below and the article in its entirety here.
Timbro's proposal to introduce tuition fees is an expected consequence of a far-reaching underfunding. If the state is not prepared to pay for a good education, someone else must pay, for example the students themselves.
If we are asked to choose between tuition fees or an underfunded education, the unequivocal answer must be: Neither or. In Sweden, the public sector must fully finance the educations.
The government must therefore restore the cuts of recent decades. It is not just the Minister of Finance and the Minister of Higher Education who need to step up. The responsibility lies with the entire Social Democratic Party. All education must be of high quality.SFS in the Althing 10/6