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Students Protest Cutbacks in School System

Students gathered outside the Icelandic parliamentary building on Austurvöllur square in Reykjavík yesterday, the International Students Day, and protested planned cutbacks to the educational system.

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From another demonstration outside the parliament. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.

The demonstration was organized by the Association of Icelandic High School Students and the University of Iceland Student Council, Morgunbladid reports.

The placards read slogans such as, “We are the future”, “Education is power” and “Don’t cut us”. Minister of Education Katrín Jakobsdóttir talked with protestors.

She described the demonstration as a positive initiative as the schools had not been pampered before the cutbacks and that it is natural for students to react.

High school students argued there were too many students in each class, that there aren’t as many subject choices anymore and that there is a limit to how many credits can be achieved each term.

Jakobsdóttir said she is optimistic about the outcome of the second set of discussions about the budget bill and that she’s hoping there won’t be more cutbacks to high schools so that students don’t have to suffer the consequences.

During the protests, representatives of the University of Iceland Student Council unveiled a collection box, asking passers-by to make donations to the university.

Click here to read about other recent protests spurred by planned cutbacks.

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