THE GOVERNMENT IS reported to be considering a graduate tax as a way to pay for students attending third-level education.
According to today’s Irish Independent, Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn is considering a system which would see college fees effectively scrapped with the costs of college paid for by the State. Graduates would then pay back the costs over a period of around 15 years.
Proponents of the current system say third-level education should remain free, but opponents say that the bill for third-level education is rising and someone has to pay.
So we’re asking: is a graduate tax a good idea?