Scotland scraps tertiary charges

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 16 June, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 16 June, 2007, 12:00am

Scottish students about to complete their university degrees received an early graduation gift this week when the country's education chief announced plans to scrap a GBP2,300 (HK$35,400) charge they were scheduled to pay in lieu of fees.

The move, which affects some 50,000 Scottish and European Union students studying at Scottish universities, will mark the return to completely free tertiary education, in contrast to the rest of Britain, where students pay GBP3,000 a year.

Fiona Hyslop, education minister in the Scottish Nationalist Party's minority executive, said on Wednesday the cost of university education was deterring students from less-privileged families.

The payments have been used to aid underprivileged students.