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The Fall of the wall towards education for All

October 3, 2014
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GERMANY
The news from Germany right before the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall: all Universities will be free of charge, no more tuition fees. This is a great advancement for the right to education as a fundamental right and its timing right before the celebration of the fall of the Berlin wall anniversary signals the fall of the financial obstacles that students face when they aim to achieve higher education. One can only hope the UK and the US take Germany’s lead.
An article by David Charter from Berlin published September 22 2014 on TheTimes.co.uk explains this step forward towards education equality.

“All German universities will be free of charge when term starts next week after fees were abandoned in Lower Saxony, the last of seven states to charge.

“Tuition fees are socially unjust,” said Dorothee Stapelfeldt, senator for science in Hamburg, which scrapped charges in 2012. “They particularly discourage young people who do not have a traditional academic family background from taking up studies. It is a core task of politics to ensure that young women and men can study with a high quality standard free of charge in Germany.”

 

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