Petition calling for the reduction of the Student Contribution Charge

Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) are launching a petition calling for a reduction of the Student Contribution Charge to be presented to the Provost of Trinity College Dublin and to Minister for Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris and former Minister for Education and Science (1997) Taoiseach Micheál Martin.

The Student Contribution Charge has increased from €825 in 2007 to a staggering €3,000 in 2014; this is a 363% increase. Today, Ireland has the highest Student Contribution Charge in Europe. Higher Education urgently needs significant Government funding, but instead, funding has continuously declined while class sizes in HEI’s continue to increase disproportionate to recommended student/staff ratios. All of these issues were prevalent long before the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic were felt on the Higher Education System.

Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris, has admitted that the Student Contribution Charge in Ireland is “too high” while Taoiseach Micheál Martin said in 2019 while speaking to the Irish Universities Association that “Ireland should invest in expanding and renewing higher education ‘if we believe that the country has a future’”. We have known since before 2016 that there was a need for additional annual funding of €600 million by 2021 and €1 billion by 2030 to deliver higher quality outcomes and provide for increased demographics. This has not yet been delivered by our Government.

You, the students of 2020 have been through enough. You have endured worsening conditions in the Higher Education Sector as well as grappling with the impact of a global pandemic. You deserve more.

Our politicians might be listening, our Minister might recognise the Student Contribution Charge is “too high” and our Taoiseach might recognise the importance of funding Higher Education, but recognition is not enough.

We need action from our Government and we at TCDSU need your support.
Together with your signatures and your voices, we will continue to work to secure an Education For All. Higher education is not a privilege, it’s your right.

Please sign and share this petition.
Eoin, Megan, Leah, Philly agus Hugh.


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