The Australian government Thursday morning announced new plans to double the university fees for all students of humanities, in an attempt to push young people to other disciplines more useful for finding jobs in areas such as mathematics and science.
In a related context, according to the proposal, whose critics have revealed that it is an "ideological assault," the cost of studying specializations such as history or cultural studies will increase by 113%, while other disciplines such as nursing and information technology will become less expensive.
Speaking in this context, Education Minister Dan Teehan said the government wants to direct young people toward "future jobs" in order to promote Australia's economic recovery after the repercussions of the "Covid 19" pandemic.
But critics have described those plans as "unreasonable", saying 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.
And Minister Tehan showed that closing the borders prevented nearly 20% of international students from enrolling in Australian universities this year.