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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Uni demand drops as fees rise: union. 19/01/2006. ABC News Online

Uni demand drops as fees rise: union. 19/01/2006. ABC News Online

The National Union of Students (NUS) says the Federal Government's education reforms continue to plague the university system, with demand for publicly-funded university places falling for the first time in more than 50 years.

It says increased HECS fees are forcing students to reassess tertiary education.

NUS president Rose Jackson says universities are also feeling the pinch and are lowering entry scores for courses to attract full-fee paying students.

She says overcrowded classes and reduced teaching hours are now the norm as universities struggle to make up shortfalls in government funding.

"Most universities don't want to do this - I truly believe that most universities do think that three hours a week is not enough for a major in a university course, or 30 people in a class is just too many," she said.

"But they don't have any choices because they simply don't have the resources."

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