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Bavaria takes first step to scrap student fees
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Bavaria takes first step to scrap student fees

Published: 24 Oct 2012 10:32 GMT+02:00
Updated: 24 Oct 2012 10:32 GMT+02:00

Student fees could become a thing of the past in Bavaria, after a top court gave the go-ahead for the subject to be put to a referendum.

State Premier Horst Seehofer has been pushing for the fees to be scrapped since last year, and will be making the topic an important one in his campaign for next September’s state election.

Support for scrapping the fees – between €100 and €400 a semester – has been growing among the ranks of Seehofer’s Christian Social Union (CSU), Der Spiegel magazine said on Wednesday.

The Bavarian Constitutional Court ruled on Monday that the proposition to get rid of the fees could be subjected to a referendum as requested by a voter’s initiative with more than 25,000 signatures.

The magazine suggested the fees could be scrapped ahead of any popular vote – if the CSU and coalition partner in Bavaria’s state government, the Free Democratic Party (FDP), work together to reclaim the initiative.

“I am convinced, that the majority of people would vote against student fees,” Bavarian FDP chairman Andreas Fischer told the Mittelbayerischen Zeitung without saying whether he wanted to see them go or not.

This is not the first time that Seehofer has tried to abolish fees. His 2011 attempt was thwarted by opposition from his own party.

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16:53 October 24, 2012 by Englishted
If you scrap the fees then who pays?
18:11 October 24, 2012 by melbournite
society as a whole benefits from free education and it is a hallmark of a civilised society
20:08 October 24, 2012 by Englishted
Agreed @ melbournite ,but have many? , for how long can we afford to have students leaving education in their late 20's and being able to claim state benefits all that time .

In a idea World you are correct but can the rest of us carry them?
20:35 October 24, 2012 by melbournite
ah well, its a matter of priorities. I would rather pay for free education through my taxes, than for useless wars and banker bonuses
17:17 October 26, 2012 by zameenzad
very good decision.
19:58 October 26, 2012 by jamboree
In the past it has been commented that Bavarians may not want to subsidise Bundesländer who do offer courses without fees while students in Bavaria do pay fees. As Bavaria would then have less surplus, it may also reduce the payments to others.
20:45 October 26, 2012 by WAKeele
I wish stories like this were covered in the US by mainstream news media to remind us how skewed our priorities are. I'd LOVE to pay just $129-$517 per semester! My most recent university is a bargin at a little over $3,000 per semester for tuition and fees. $20,000 to $30,000 of debt is now the norm for a undergraduate degree here. Luckily we at least bribe, I mean reward, military service with free education. Number one reason by far cited for joining the military (briefly changing only after Sept. 11th). Anyone see a problem with that?
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