Statement from Cllr Seamus Morris regarding 3rd Level Tuition Fees
I was delighted that Tipperary county council supported two motions put forward by myself Cllrs Dunne, Carey and Doran about third level education at this week’s council meeting.
My colleagues and I recently met with the Union of Students of Ireland who asked us to ask the Government to take Option 1 of the Cassells expert report which reports that Third level Education should be funded by the exchequer. This is as opposed to an increased dependence by the state on student contributions (which in reality is parent contributions due to lack of summer jobs for students) to fund the Third level education sector as the State attempts to back out of funding the Higher level education which has seen 10 out of 14 Institute of Technology colleges in serious financial difficulties. The word is that this Government is considering the Student loan system which has been a disaster for young people all over the world and will certainly see college degree fees explode like in England where a 4 year degree of 4000 euros in 1998 before the introduction of student loans increased by a massive 478% to 37,000 by 2016 after the introduction of student loans as students and their parents had the burden of financing the Higher Education system put on their shoulders as the state walks away from their responsibilities . This inevitably will see a massive reduction in the amount of students going on to Third Level Education. I was delighted to see that the motion was unanimously supported by Tipperary County Council
I also had another linked motion co-signed by Cllrs Carey , Dunne and Doran which asked Tipperary county council to ask the government to “extend children’s allowance for parents who have children in Third Level education but have no access to grants due to their before tax earnings . The extended children’s allowance could be capped at a level which will not be extended to those with very high earnings “The reason that I have put this motion together is because middle class workers have no access to grants at a time when Third level fees and indeed accommodation is becoming increasingly expensive putting serious pressure on families abilities to send their children forward to third level education. I believe that extending the children’s allowance will help middle class families to send their children forward for Third level education. The motion was unanimously supported by the Council and I asked that it be sent to all other County and City councils for support before sending it to the Government for consideration.