The almost 160 students of the Icelandic Film School who each were granted more than ISK 500,000 (USD 4,400, EUR 3,000) in student loans for school fees last term will not receive any loans from the Icelandic Student Loan Fund (LÍN) this year because the school has not been recognized by the Ministry of Education.
From the protests. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.
Therefore, the students demonstrated outside the Government Offices yesterday, ruv.is reports.
Acting Minister of Education Svandís Svavarsdóttir said the Film School’s executives are making excessive demands for state funding given the current financial situation.
The ministry has declared its intent to resolve the issue but does not want to completely comply with the school’s demands on increased funding.
The school is now scheduled to begin on November 4 even though no agreement about state funding is at hand. Svavarsdóttir has requested an explanation for these plans.
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