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Chile considering ditching university tuition: Minister

Published on Jul 21, 2014 6:28 AM

SANTIAGO (AFP) - University tuition, which has sparked violent protests in Chile over spiraling increases, could be scrapped under a new government plan, a top official said.

Education Minister Nicolas Eyzaguirre told El Mercurio newspaper that under the proposed plan, a four-year college education would be paid for by revenues collected from university graduates after they have finished their education and entered the work world.

“We would fulfill the goal of free universal education, but in an efficient way,” the minister said in the interview published on Sunday.

He called the US$20,000 (S$24,825) per student cost of the programme a “sound” investment, but one that also requires “personal effort” from students themselves toward financing their own education.

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