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NUS Scotland welcomes Scottish Labour commitment to free education

Tuesday 03-03-2015 - 14:26

Scottish Labour have today committed to free education in the Scottish higher education system. 

Commenting on today’s announcement by Scottish Labour, committing to free education in Scottish higher education, Gordon Maloney, president of NUS Scotland, said: 

“Scottish Labour should be congratulated for standing up against fees. Free education was the right choice to make when the Scottish Government abolished all fees in 2008, the right choice in the 2011 election when over 85% of MSPs committed to rule out fees, and the right choice now as we look ahead to the 2016 elections. Today’s welcome announcement marks a broad consensus against fees for Scottish students, and against charging in Scottish higher education, which should settle the debate once and for all.

“The frustration in recent years has been that the debate on tuition fees has dominated to the exclusion of almost anything else on education. Now the debate is settled we need to shift the focus to other equally important issues such as tackling student poverty, improving fair access to education, and properly funding our college students. Equally, it doesn't mark the end of the campaign on fees. While part-time, postgraduate and international students, along with those studying in Scotland from the rest of the UK, still face high fees, we'll keep on fighting for free education. 
 
“NUS Scotland, and our membership across Scotland, have worked tirelessly to build this consensus against fees, and Scottish students should now be assured they will not face fees. Many students still have bitter memories of the betrayal on fees at Westminster and it’s vital that commitments such as today’s are kept to, if not exceeded. We must see all parties back up their words with action. We'll continue campaigning, ahead of the Holyrood elections, to ensure all prospective MSPs, and parties, are fully committed to free education and to ending student poverty in Scotland."

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