NETHERLANDS: Students demonstrate against higher fees

Students demonstrate against higher fees
Tuesday 18 January 2011

Thousands of students from around the country are expected to demonstrate against cuts in further education on the Malieveld near parliament in The Hague on Friday.

The demonstration is being organised through Facebook and several universities and high schools have declared Friday a day off so their students can attend.

On Monday, Amsterdam students forced a day off by holding a sit-in at the university’s service and information centre.

Friday is the birthday of junior education minister Halbe Zijlstra. It is not yet known if he will attend.

The students are angry at government plans to increase fees for slow students and cut grants.