Iceland’s Education Minister says that the newly confirmed changes to the laws on further education and the increase of charges for evening classes are completely necessary given the cutbacks being made in the national budget.
The Althingi national parliament voted to increase evening class charges threefold just before Christmas.
According to the new law, a 35 unit course at evening school will now cost around ISK 260,000 (USD 2,040) to complete. Further and higher education establishments will now be allowed to charge ISK 7,500 per unit of a course instead of ISK 2,500.
Katrin Jakobsdottir, the Minister for Education, says that the increases are necessary due to cutbacks; but she said that as many savings as possible are also being made from cutting back on additional, less fundamental services, Visir.is reports.