Students complain about paying fees for college
Incredible to Americans, the Isle of Man still pays for its students to attend university (college). More amazing yet to us is that students are arguing that $4000, just less than half of what a UK college charges for a full year of education, is too great an amount to contribute to their own education. As anyone familiar with the American system will attest — $4000 is a great bargain!
Isle of Man education minister Tim Crookall is to meet students who oppose the introduction of university tuition fees later.
A vote on the proposed introduction of fees has been deferred until February’s Tynwald.
Tim Crookall said: “I know they are not happy about what is going on… but I have got a job to do and this is part of that job.”
The scheme would see students pay at least £2,500 about $4000 a year from 2014.
More than 100 students protested outside Tynwald on the 16 January and former education minister Peter Karran handed over a 2,500 signature petition on their behalf.
Mr Crookall said he was happy to talk but the motion would still go before the court next month.
Sam Turton, 18, a pupil at St Ninian’s High School in Douglas, hopes to study politics at university.
He said: “We are eagerly anticipating the opportunity to meet with Mr Crookall face to face.
“Our biggest hope is that he can find a way to look at other areas where savings can be made.”
Mr Crookall said the students had “acted impeccably” and they had done a “great job”.
If the scheme is passed in February, it would be the first time Manx students have had to pay tuition fees.