No-one is happy about higher education cuts – Minister

Sanni Grahn-Laasonen, the minister of education and culture, has responded to the onslaught of criticism she has received from academia over drastic cuts in education spending, saying that no-one is happy about the cuts, reports Helsinki Times.

“The professors are right,” she admitted on her blog last Sunday, referring to a report by Helsingin Sanomat that hundreds of professors estimate that the government has failed in its higher education policy. “No-one is of the opinion that cutting from education and research is good news. No-one else in our society hopes they will be targeted by cuts, and no-one is happy having to make the cuts,” Grahn-Laasonen writes.

“University appropriations will not collapse, but their real value will drop to the levels of 2009 after an extended period of growth – not because of hostility towards education but because of our debt-equity ratio,” she wrote.
Full report on the Helsinki Times site