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Shameful in a country rich with oil that students pay for education: Kazm Faruq

65 percent pay fees
The chair of New Generation Movement caucus in the Kurdistan Parliament Kazm Faruq (NRT Digital Media)
2019-09-12

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SULAIMANI — The chair of New Generation Movement caucus in the Kurdistan Parliament Kazm Faruq criticized the government on Thursday (September 12) for not providing more free places at state-run universities, noting that about 65 percent of the Region’s students pay fees for their university education.

According to statistics provided by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, 24,000 students go to state universities, with their tuition provided by the government.

11,000 other students take evening classes and 10,000 students enroll in parallel studies programs at state universities, both of which require them to pay some fees. An additional 23,000 students go to private universities.

Faruq said that this places a significant burden on students in difficult financial circumstances.

“We have said in Parliament that…it is shameful, in a country rich in oil, that students pay for education” said Faruq.

The chairman of New Generation caucus went on to accuse the Region’s leadership of merely using student fees as another way to make money for themselves at the expense of the Region and its people.

(NRT Digital Media)