Ville Niinistö, the chairperson of the Green League, has expressed his bewilderment with the assurances given by Alexander Stubb (NCP), the Minister of Finance, that education remains a top priority for the National Coalition.
Stubb stated in his address to the party faithful in Hämeenlinna on Saturday that the National Coalition “is the party that safeguards education as the bedrock of society” while commending Sanni Grahn-Laasonen (NCP) for her efforts as the Minister of Education and Culture.
“I only have one question: why are there more cuts in education than in any other social sector?” Niinistö asks on Facebook.
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The Government, he points out, is about to reduce spending on education by several billions of euros and slash financial aid for students by 25 per cent. He also draws attention to an assessment by the Trade Union of Education (OAJ) indicating that as many as 10,000 educators will lose their jobs as a result of the cuts.
“When your actions contradict your words, the public will only be left with a feeling of deception. The National Coalition must re-consider either its actions or words. Its obsessive mantra to reduce debt is currently taking precedence over all political substance,” says Niinistö.
“Finland cannot afford to pursue such short-sighted policies.”
The Government should call off the cuts in education spending because they will “erode the equality of education and the future of Finland,” according to Niinistö.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi