Ministers criticised over student finance 'inaction'

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HIGHER education is underfunded in Jersey, and crippling university costs are putting strains on family relationships and leaving some young Islanders unable to study at all, according to a damning Scrutiny report.

Ministers have also been accused of 'political inactivity' and placing the problem of student financing 'at each other's doors', while the Education and Home Affairs Scrutiny Panel, which compiled the report, have recommended overhauling a university tax allowance to benefit low-income families.

For years parents, students and politicians have called for Jersey to introduce a UK-style student loans system to help pay for ever-increasing university fees, which now stand at between £40,000 and £60,000 for a three-year course.

The Scrutiny Panel's Tertiary Education: Student Finance report said that 'many parents and students' wanted some form of loan scheme, and the panel said that a Council of Ministers sub-committee, set up to solve the student financing conundrum, had to consider 'some form of student loan system'.

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