A university reform that will DOUBLE the cost of some degrees has been billed as a ‘kick in the guts’ for Australian students who have already been through a ‘year from hell’
- Opposition spokeswoman Tanya Plibersek condemned the move
- She says many parents have watched their children go through the “year from hell.”
- The government wants to change the cost of degrees to direct students to jobs that are in high demand
The federal government’s plans to more than double the cost of some university degrees are a “ kick in the guts ” for year 12 students, Labor said.
Opposition education spokeswoman Tanya Plibersek says she has heard from many parents who have seen their children go through the ‘year from hell’ where distance learning disrupted their senior year.
“(Parents) say what a kick in the teeth this is to their kids,” she told ABC radio on Friday.
‘Children who – in many cases – put their hearts on a certain diploma two, three, four years ago.
This year it is said that the price will more than double. It’s been a terrible kick in the guts and that’s what parents tell me. ‘
IT, science and engineering degrees will drop by $ 2,000 per year as school-leavers get financial incentives to choose ‘job-relevant’ degrees
The changes would more than double some humanities courses in an effort to encourage people to enroll in courses that the government believes lead to greater employability.
Nursing qualifications cost as little as $ 3,700 per year, while IT, science, and engineering degrees will drop by $ 2,000 per year.
Meanwhile, humanities degrees are expected to rise from $ 6,804 per year to $ 14,500.
Science and math would be among the cheaper degrees along with agriculture, environmental science and health.
Education and nursing are expected to drop by 45 percent, while a law degree will cost 28 percent more.
There will also be 39,000 new places available for prospective students next year, and Mr Tehan is expected to say it will ‘give students a choice’.
The Senate Education Committee will report on its investigation into the bill on Friday, after just three weeks of scrubbing it with a fine comb.
The government is negotiating closely with the Senate cross-bank to accept the proposal, with tight numbers in the upper house.