Higher ed­u­ca­tion pain

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

REP­RE­SEN­TA­TIVES from the Curtin Stu­dent Guild have lashed out at the re­cent bud­get an­nounce­ments for ed­u­ca­tion.

Curtin stu­dent guild pres­i­dent Jake Wittey said a $2 bil­lion cut to higher ed­u­ca­tion over four years would mean ei­ther higher tu­ition fees or a fall in the qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion.

“We are equally dis­mayed by the news that $15.2 mil­lion will be cut from the higher ed­u­ca­tion par­tic­i­pa­tion pro­gram fund­ing, which cur­rently pro­vides ser­vices to en­gage and re­tain stu­dents from a low so­cioe­co­nomic back­ground,” Mr Wittey said.

He said the bud­get had left stu­dents and staff in the lurch.

“I can­not un­der­stand how cre­at­ing this much un­cer­tainty is con­gru­ent with a so­called in­no­va­tion strate­gic agenda. Stu­dents are feel­ing quite pes­simistic about this Bud­get,” he said.

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