Dec.4th: Rallies against Tuition Fees and for Free Education in Taipei and Bremen

December 4th, 2013
Protests against Tuition Fees
and for Free Education ...

... in Taipei

Around 50 students gathered in front of the Ministry of Education in Taipei to protest increasing tuition fees. The rally was also called by the Anti-Commercialisation of Education Union (反教育商品化聯盟) - Free Education Movement, which was initiated during a meeting at the National Taiwan University following a similar protest in March 2012.

Various speeches were held, among others the severe debt many students are facing was pointed out. Many students in Taiwan - just like in many other parts of the world - are highly indebted. Each year about 400,000 students are forced to take up loans.

In Taiwan twice as many students attend private (technical) universities than public ones. Both charge tuition fees although for private ones they are significantly higher. They can afford to charge high fees because places at public institutions are limited and people need to pass a rigid selection process (usually through test results) before being able to enrol at a public university.
Ironically this makes the public universities elite institutions. Many are afraid that they might feel forced to attend private universities.

For details on the (higher) education system in Taiwan you might find this propaganda brochure from the Ministry of Education to be useful.

sources (in traditional Chinese):
facebook.com/NoHighTuition [Anti-Commercialisation of Education Union fb page]
appledaily.com.tw - video 1 - video 2 - video 3 - video 4

 

... in Bremen



On a cold and rainy Wednesday, the 4th of December 2013, up to 3,000 (school) students, parents and teachers gathered in Bremen to protest against the precarious conditions at schools as well as universities together.

Since the summer semester at least 130 scientific and administrative staff at the University of Bremen are threatened to be layed off. As a result lectures would need to be cut.

During the demonstration various banners were displayed from roof tops. Also pyrotechnics were used.
A significant part of the protesters put the action into an anti-capitalist context.

Police forces remained in the background during the whole protest.



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sources (in German):
radiobremen.de (video) - dissentimages.wordpress.com (pictures) - radiobremen.de - @bildungsprotest