Decrease Tuition fees for higher education in the Netherlands amidst Covid-19 Pandemic

Decrease Tuition fees for higher education in the Netherlands amidst Covid-19 Pandemic

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Ashy C started this petition to Nederlandse overheid and

Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic many people have gotten affected negatively. People have lost their loved ones and jobs, businesses have gone bankrupt or are barely getting through. For these people, the government has provided compensation where possible. However, they are forgetting us, the students. We are also a part of that population. We have lost jobs too, are in a difficult financial situation, and are still expected to pay our bills. Some even have gotten evicted from their homes and are forced to go back to our parents - without any compensation on the horizon. Then our biggest sum of the year came. Our college tuition, which increases annually in amount by the way.

Universities and colleges of all levels have decided (most of them) that education will be provided online until the Christmas holidays for the foreseeable future. We understand that it is an necessity and the most responsible thing to do for our society amidst the current situation. We know our teachers and schools are doing their best. Nevertheless, we can’t ignore that the quality is not of the same degree as before: Unreliable access to the Internet, lectures with minimal interaction, lack of quiet workspaces, less to no (social) interaction with our fellow students and teachers - a few examples among many that illustrate the big issue that stands before us.

We do not receive the aid we need to pursue the education we cannot support on a financial basis as of now. In the long-term, the impact will be felt the most by the students that do not have the privilege to not work during a pandemic. To mitigate this outcome, we ask for partial reimbursement of our college tuition to support ourselves during these trying times.

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