13 August 2020
Curtin Student Guild President Hana Arai today slammed the Government’s proposal to withdraw student loan access to those under academic stress. The withdrawal of funding and loan access for university students who fail more than half of their units is part of the proposed Job Ready legislation which will also see some student fees doubling and Government funding to universities decline.
Ms Arai said the proposal was unfair and would hit low SES and school leavers hard.
“The transition from school to university is a challenging one for many students and punishing people who have a misstep in their first year of university is short sighted.
“For low SES students already struggling under the weight of disadvantage this could lock them out of the education system,” she said.
Ms Arai said the change was another blow to higher education.
“The Government‘s Job Ready plans will wipe close to $1 billion from universities, reduce the quality of university education and force many students to pay more for their degrees.” She said.
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About Curtin Student Guild
Curtin Student Guild is WA’s peak student union representing more than 30,000 students in Western Australia. Since its formation in 1969, the Guild has provided essential services to students. Our elected student representatives sit on all major university boards and committees ensuring Curtin University delivers the best outcomes for students. We coordinate social events and activities, support student clubs, operate food, beverage and retail outlets and assist students with academic, financial and personal issues.
For further information visit guild.curtin.edu.au