Government set to restrict the right to study

The government has accepted a plan of action that includes the restriction of the right to study, as well as the increase in the student loan and its tax-deductibility.

Active studying The government bill is scheduled to be submitted to the Parliament this autumn.

The changes would apply to students who begin their studies in autumn 2005 or later. Students would be allowed to prolong their studies two years longer than the target time, which for a Master’s degree would mean a total time of seven years. The students may register as absentees for a maximum of two years without using up their right to study. Additional study time would be granted for special reasons, such as maternity and parental leave or national military service.

The University of Helsinki objects to the restriction of the right to study. In its statement the University is sceptical that this reform would shorten the times of study. As an alternative to the current plan, the University proposes a register of passive students, which would help the University contact students whose studies are not progressing.

Text: Liisa Voutilainen
Photo: Eero Roine
12.5.2004
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Translation: Valtasana Oy

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