The Federation of Estonian Student Unions (EÜL) has reiterated its opposition to the government's higher education reform bill, which goes through its first reading in Parliament today.
According to the organization, in its current form the amendment to the Universities Act does not fulfill the ruling coalition's promise of guaranteeing free higher education for all motivated students.
For example, the draft neither defines the state’s higher education financing policies nor the main principles of university’s admission system, said EÜL chairman Eimar Veldre.
The reform must also abandon the idea of providing tuition-free education only to students who take a full course load each semester, said Veldre. Students should also be given the opportunity to take some classes during academic leave, he added.
Changes to the amendment can be made within 10 working days if the parties in Parliament request it, said Veldre.
For the successful implementation of the reform, EÜL supports the proposal by the council of university rectors to form a working group that would prepare the necessary contracts and implementing acts.