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Scottish students reject idea of 'graduate tax'

Published: Monday, 15 October 2007   Category: Government policies

Students at a Scottish university have rejected a proposal put forward by their principal to introduce a graduate tax to help fund higher education.

Dr Brian Lang, principal at St Andrews University, made the suggestion earlier this year that a tax could be paid by university leavers once they have entered a graduate career.

The suggestion was made in the wake of the Scottish executive's decision to scrap the £2,000 graduate endowment fee that is currently paid by all Scottish students on graduation.

However, his ideas have been rejected in a statement by the St Andrews student association: "The principal has spoken out in the media recently and suggested a graduation tax—a means for graduates to repay society for providing the taxes that got them through university.

"They are the graduates who will work in the skilled professions society needs. They are the next generation of doctors and lawyers, economists and teachers. Isn't their service to society enough repayment for the education they have received?" it added.

The Scottish executive announced its decision to abolish the graduate endowment fee in June 2007, with the aim of reducing the financial burden on those leaving university and potentially entering the graduate recruitment market.ADNFCR-1068-ID-18317311-ADNFCR

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