The president of the Community of Madrid Isabel Díaz Ayuso has scored a point this week that is not hers We approved in the Governing Council reduction in university fees 20 undergraduate 30 in masters degrees Good news for students They will have to pay less to study at a university in Madrid A supposed good news that the leader of the Madrid PP announced Tuesday on Twitter with great fanfare as if it were a success of her mandate But that decision has been in reality a great failure for her.
The Madrid Government does so by legal imposition and despite having been the only community that voted against the reduction of qualifying masters fees in March 2021 during the General Conference on University Policy CGPU where the Government discussed the measure central and regional Enrique Ossorio Minister of Education was left alone at that time And even he went to the Superior Court of Justice of Madrid TSJM in September 2020 to avoid lowering the university fees of the career with a contentiousadministrative appeal Despite everything both Ayuso and the Autonomous Administration are now launching the news on networks as a great measure of its management
Ayusos position was clear from the beginning She didnt want to cut rates That meant a new expense and quite important since if it was approved the regional government had to reward the six public universities economically drowned for the money that the families were going to stop paying But it has been useless Its time to abide
In Tuesdays announcement by the president of Madrid there was also a fundamental inaccuracy He was talking about a 30 drop in masters degrees when in reality only the rates of qualifying degrees will be reduced not of masters degrees in general and those are a minority of postgraduate courses around 8 those that are compulsory to practice as a lawyer psychologist certain engineering positions or secondary school teacher The headline of the press release of the Community of Madrid and the summary also hide this information.
Public scholarships in private centers in Madrid for families earning more than 100000 euros
But this tugofwar is not new Despite her opposition in the offices it is not the first time that Ayuso publicly celebrates being a champion of the rate cut She also did so in her second investiture now without Ciudadanos at the head of the Ministry of Science Innovation and Universities.
We will work so that no student from Madrid can be deprived of higher studies due to lack of financial resources For this reason this Government is going to reduce public prices The announcement once again hid his discrepancy with the measure and caused Manuel Castells then Minister of Universities to respond indignantly to the president in public I absolutely do not care who gets the medals or who takes credit what What matters to me is that students pay less What they have been paying for is a scandal
The road to get to this point has been full of negatives In May 2020 Castilla y León Andalucía Madrid and Murcia all governed by the PP voted first against lowering the degree fees that is those that students pay when they enroll in a career and abstained Galicia where Alberto.
Was then president now leader of the PP since it had one of the lowest rates in Spain Almost a year later in March 2021 the CGPU scissored the prices of qualifying masters degrees much more expensive than the degree And this was the moment when Madrid was left alone since it was the only one of the communities that voted against
The autonomies now have until the next course to collect the 2011 fees again the year in which the then Minister of Education José Ignacio Wert forced the regional governments to make families pay between 15 and 25 of the price end of undergraduate enrollment for each student without a scholarship The rest has to be paid by the Administration
Many of the autonomies began to lower the price of the fees just after the measure was approved in the academic year without the need to rush until the last moment And to this day all except the Balearic Islands the Basque Country and Madrid have started with the cuts Galicia and the Canary Islands have not had to do so because their price was already at the level of 2011
Since the Ministry of Universities was created those responsible for it have been very careful not to go to war with Madrid despite the fact that Ayuso has not hesitated to show his differences in public The new university law attacks the foundations of university life freedom responsibility