NETHERLANDS: Government firm on higher fees

Dutch Prime minister Mark Rutte has no plan to amend the government's decision to cut spending on higher education, he said after a recent cabinet meeting, reports Dutch News. "I am not going to give the impression that the plans will change dramatically," he is quoted as saying in the Telegraaf after a massive demonstration by students in The Hague.

The cabinet has decided to get the government finances in order and improve the quality of higher education. This makes the savings necessary, the prime minister said.

According to police estimates, 15,000 students gathered in the centre of The Hague in protest at the plans to make slow students pay higher fees and to stop giving grants for masters studies. Hundreds of professors and other university staff also took part. The government plans to slash spending on research and development, threatening thousands of jobs, the universities say.
Full report on the Dutch News site