One man in Armagh wondered why Scottish university students aren’t required to pay for university fees while in Northern Ireland, students have no choice but to pay for a university education.
Stephen Farry spoke of how the Assembly have a block budget allocated to them and how free university fees would lead to greater expense elsewhere at a cost of ’40 to 60million pounds’. He went on to say that he supported the notion that a university education should be free of cost.
Dominic Bradley echoed the sentiment that education should be free. He went on to say: “I don’t think it’s fair that students are being lumbered with huge debts when they start off their working lives and we should continue to improve the funding of university education.”
What do you think about the difficulties associated in taking money from other sectors in order to fund a university education? Do you agree with the panel that a university education should be free?