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Student aid debate enters next round
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Student aid debate enters next round

03.06.2014 From our online archive
Representatives of a student committee are set to meet with Luxembourg's parliamentary education committee on Tuesday to discuss the government's planned reform of the student financial aid system.

(CS/mig) Representatives of a student committee are set to meet with Luxembourg's parliamentary education committee on Tuesday to discuss the government's planned reform of the student financial aid system.

The meeting comes after months of protests by students against the government's proposals, which they have deemed unfair. Under the new plans parts of the funds received by students are subject to the income of parents, which students argue undermines their independence.

While Education Minister Claude Meisch in May proposed several changes to the bill, the student committee remains unsatisfied with the plans.

They have demanded a study into the actual cost of living of students, as well as engaging with politicians in debates on radio and television.

On Tuesday they will plead their case with the education commission's MPs, ahead of a debate in parliament later in June.

A public petition against the bill reached over 4,500 signatures required for the petition to be forwarded to a debate at the Chamber of Deputies. An initial date has been set for June 19, although this is still awaiting confirmation.