Cyprus Mail

Student protests over grant cuts

Costas Kadis addressing the Pedagogical Institute on Monday

STUDENTS from the Student Association of the Cyprus University of Technology (FETEPAK) will stage a protest outside the education ministry on Tuesday at 3pm, regarding a bill proposed by the state to slash student grants.

The protest takes place even though Education Minister Costas Kadis had announced on Friday that he will shelve the bill.

FETEPAK issued press release on Monday calling on all other students to join them in their protest.

Responding to FETEPAK’s statement, Kadis argued that the student union is politically motivated and that it does not represent the majority of students.

“These are student groups under the control of a certain political party, since I have met with the Cyprus Students Union on Friday and agreed to freeze the bill. I have asked the students to codify their demands so we could make improvements upon the bill,” said Kadis, adding that the state aims to help those who really are in need.

The student grant was amongst the first benefits that were slashed due to austerity measures.

While in the past the state would give up to €2,550 to each student, with an additional €850 if the student came from a large family, restrictions were put in place to exclude students from wealthy families.





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