Yesterday, the Australian government announced plans to double the college fees for humanities students, in an effort to push young people to other more useful majors to find jobs in areas such as mathematics and science.
Under the proposal, which critics said was an “ideological attack,” the cost of studying disciplines such as history or cultural studies would increase by as much as 113%, while other disciplines such as nursing and information technology would become less expensive.
Education Minister Dan Tehan said the government wants to direct young people toward "future jobs" to boost the country's economic recovery after the repercussions of the "Covid 19" pandemic.
But critics have described these plans as "unreasonable," and say they are part of a broader "cultural war" that puts economic benefit above learning.
Australian college students are not required to pay their tuition fees in advance, but most of them use government loans to collect their degrees, and then tax them at a higher rate to pay their debts.
This announcement is the latest shake-up of a sector already suffering from the impact of the Coronavirus.
Education is the third largest Australian export after iron ore and coal, and more than 500,000 students from all over the world joined Australian universities last year, bringing $ 22 billion into the economy.
Minister Tihan explained that closing the borders prevented nearly 20% of international students from enrolling in Australian universities this year.