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IU-Verdes Lorca and Izquierda Joven ask for a reduction in the price of tuition at the universities of the Region (15/09/2020)

Gloria Martín has denounced that, despite the fact that the Covid-19 crisis will entail a significant decrease in the income of families affected by ERTES, layoffs or closures of small companies managed by freelancers, the regional government of PP and C's will not Only it has not proposed a reduction in university prices, but it intends to charge up to 25% more for the teachings given in a blended way Gloria Martín, councilor for Izquierda Unida-Verdes in the Lorca City Council, and Izquierda Joven have proposed reducing the public prices established in public university education in the Region of Murcia, especially in those affected by blended education.

A measure that would help the family finances of some 3,000 Lorca families. Contrary to the approach defended by IU-Verdes and its sister youth organization, Martín denounced that the regional government has contemplated an increase in prices of up to 25% in the blended classes, compared to the same taught in person. "It is a real robbery to put the cost of adapting university education to contingency plans due to Covid-19 on the pockets of students and their families," said Martín.

Both at the UMU and at the Polytechnic of Cartagena there are races in which class attendance has been limited to only one day a week.

In addition, the students of those that have a high degree of experimentality will be harmed by being forced to carry out their practices electronically.

"If they are going to follow their classes and do their internships from home, how is it possible that they are trying to charge them 25% more tuition?" Martín wondered. In addition, and despite the fact that the crisis generated by Covid-19 will mean a significant decrease in the income of families affected by ERTES, layoffs or closures of small companies managed by freelancers, the regional government of PP and C's has not reduced the price of bachelor's or master's studies as other autonomous communities have done up to 30% as in the case of Catalonia. Martín regretted that the López Miras executive force students to be "one of the few throughout the country to whom no reduction is going to be applied" and recalled that since 2011, when the 'Wert taxation' came into force, the The average price of university tuition has increased by 22% in the universities of the Region.

For this reason, Martín has demanded that the regional government "take the example of other regional governments." And it is that the mayor of IU-Verdes also denounced that studying in one of the two public universities in the Region of Murcia is 25% more expensive than doing it in one of the ten Andalusian ones, where the price of the credit in first registration costs 12 , 62 euros compared to 16.78 of the UMU or the Polytechnic of Cartagena. Taking into account that each course consists of 60 credits, the student who takes a specialty in a Murcian campus pays 1,006 euros compared to the 757 euros paid by the one who does it, for example, in Granada. But the fact is that in addition, Andalusian universities apply a 99% discount on the university credits approved in the first enrollment, from which the student benefits the following course, which can cost only 7.5 euros. Martín assured that the reduction of fees "continues to be a claim of the university community and must become a reality as a fundamental measure to advance in equal opportunities." "The decision to study at one university or another should not be marked by the economic cost of tuition, only academic reasons should be taken into account," he added. For all this, the IU-Verdes councilor announced that her municipal group will take a motion to the next plenary session in which, in addition to requiring the regional government not to be oblivious to the national trend of reviewing the pricing policy in public universities , will request a reduction in the fees for the Baccalaureate Assessment for University Access (EBAU) tests. A proposal that will also include the request that the universities respect their commitment not to increase the price of the second enrollment, as explained by the spokesman for Izquierda Joven Lorca, Chechu Muñoz.

"We want the universities and the regional government to be sensitive to the difficulties that the student community is going through," said Muñoz, who recalled that "many of us have lost precarious weekend jobs that helped pay for our careers and it is very difficult to face a penalty for the second registrations when we all saw our studies affected by the restrictions imposed by the state of alarm ", he concluded.

Source: IU-verdes Lorca

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