JCU students press for more funding
STUDENTS at Townsville’s JCU campus have vowed to keep lobbying for more federal funding ahead of a fee review in June.
A rally on campus has already been held and National Union of Students regional officer Billy Colless said A u s t r a l i a n r e g i o n a l universities could suffer if the government did not commit more funding.
‘‘ Australia was the only country to decrease its funding of higher education between 1995 and 2003,‘‘ he said.
‘‘ The average government contribution for a HECS place fell from $ 11,128 to $ 7754.
‘‘ This left a hole of $ 1 billion a year in university f u n d i n g wh i c h r e g i o n a l campuses around the nation cannot afford.’’
The students rallied after the government announced a review.
Mr Colless said university courses were funded based on a formula that had not been revised since 1990.
Mr Colless said students were seeking funding for classroom upgrades, perman e n t t e a c h e r s , a n d l e s s crowded classes.
Townsville activist Nikki Burnett said numbers at the local rally were high.