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Student all-night sit-in at ministry of education in protest over university grant policies
16 July 2017 @ 23:37

A BUNCH of undergraduates staged a lock-in at the ministry of education in protest over the government's college grant policies on Friday, the State Council of University Students (CEUNE) has just reported.

Around 20 of their members had gone along to the Council's meeting at the ministry to debate a new Royal Decree, or bill of law covering student grants which is due to be approved this month – but the government's education boss, Íñigo Méndez de Vigo, did not turn up.

The students considered this to be an unacceptable act of contempt towards them, and staged a sit-in.

They ended up spending the whole night inside the ministry building.

The new Decree will regulate means testing for grant entitlement, setting the asset and income threshold which dictate whether students will get any cash to pay for their studies and living costs, and the amount they will receive for the forthcoming academic year.

The protesting students say they spent five hours negotiating with ministry staff, but reached no agreement whatsoever, and criticise Méndez de Vigo for 'standing them up'


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