TIRANA, December 26
Four decisions related to the demands raised by the Albanian students during their protests were adopted on Wednesday by the Council of Ministers. Following a special meeting of the government, the decisions were unveiled in a press statement by Prime Minister Edi Rama.
He said that four decision related to the first students’ demands were adopted. More specifically they are about the categories of students that will be entitled to tuition fee reduction, scholarships, university enrollment criteria, and the ceiling price for annual tuition payments.
Therefore, the PM highlighted that students that fall under the following categories: low-income students from welfare families, visually impaired, paraplegic and quadriplegic will be entitled to 100% tuition fee funding. At the same time, the above-mentioned categories are entitled to a Lek 10,000 monthly scholarship.
Students with a grade point average over nine will get 100% of tuition fee subsidy and a Lek 10,000 monthly scholarship.
Moreover, the PM said that an equal opportunity will be given to all students. They will receive a 50 percent tuition fee funding. If their annual grade point average falls below 6, they will lose the financial support.
Rama added that regarding the second cycle of studies (master), the following categories of students:
Those with a grade point average over nine, low-income students from welfare families, visually impaired, paraplegic and quadriplegic, orphans, children of police officers that died in the line of duty, and other categories will receive funding at the level of 50 percent.
The students’ protests were suspended due to the end of year holidays, but they warned that it will continue in January.
News Source: PM’s Office