Plaid Cymru Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Llyr Gruffydd AM, has today welcomed the Labour Welsh Government’s decision to u-turn on hiking tuition fees, hailing a victory for Plaid Cymru’s campaign against the rise.
Llyr Gruffydd AM said that Plaid Cymru had been the only party united and consistent in its opposition to forcing students to pay more for their education.
He added that the fact that the money was there all along to provide additional funds for the Higher Education Council For Wales showed that it was a political decision, rather than a necessity, on the part of the Labour Welsh Government to introduce a hike.
Plaid Cymru’s Llyr Gruffydd AM said, “I welcome the announcement by the Education Secretary which is a significant victory for Plaid Cymru and others who campaigned against the tuition fees hike.
“We have been the only party united and consistent in our opposition to forcing students to pay more for their higher education.
“While this is a positive move, the reality is that the Labour Welsh Government never should have even considered a rise which made its policy as punitive as that of the Tories in Westminster.
“Plaid Cymru is pleased to see additional funds for the Higher Education Council For Wales to support our Universities – something which we have longed called for.
“However, the fact that the money has been found shows that the Labour Welsh Government’s original tuition fees hike was a political decision, not a necessity.
“This calls into question their commitment to giving our young people the best possible deal as they embark on higher education in preparation for the world of work.
“Plaid Cymru will continue to make the case for moving towards a model where students pay no tuition fees at all, as has been achieved in Scotland.”