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Poll: Is a graduate tax a good idea?

The government is reported to be considering a graduate tax to pay for third-level education. Good idea? Bad idea?

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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?

Poll Results:

No - the current system is fine (1037)
No -  but there needs to be some kind of change to the current system (870)
Yes (657)
Not sure (642)

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