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Reaction of tuition fee proponents, as paraphrased by SPIEGEL:

Auf den Streit über die noch unveröffentlichte HIS-Studie reagierte auch Nordrhein-Westfalens Wissenschaftsminister Andreas Pinkwart. Der FDP-Politiker sieht keine Belege dafür, dass Studiengebühren Abiturienten abschrecken; seit 2006 seien die Studienanfängerzahlen in NRW kontinuierlich gestiegen. "SPD und Grüne versuchen permanent, Studierende und Studieninteressierte zu verunsichern, um anschließend lautstark über eine vermeintliche Verunsicherung zu lamentieren. Das ist weder konstruktiv noch redlich", so Pinkwart weiter.North Rhine-Westphalia Science Minister Andreas Pinkwart reacted to the dispute over the still-unpublished HIS ['Highschool Information System', the research group] study, too. The FDP politician sees no evidence that tuition fees deter students; he said the numbers of freshman students in North Rhine-Westphalia rose steadily since 2006. "SPD and the Greens are trying permanently to make students and prospective students feel insecure then lament loudly about a supposed insecurity. This is neither constructive nor honest," said Pinkwart further.
Eine schöne Volte aus dem Repertoire der Campusmaut-Fans: Wenn Abiturienten sich doch abschrecken lassen, liegt es an den Gebührenkritikern - nicht etwa an den Gebühren selbst.A beautiful Volte from the repertoire of the fans of the campus toll: If students can really be deterred, then that's because of the tuition fee critics - not the fees themselves.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Tue Oct 21st, 2008 at 07:28:58 AM EST
That's right wing SOP - what people talk about is far more important than what they do, and also more important than what's actually happening under the thick layer of protective rhetoric.

It's also the traditional blame-the-victim Rovian defence.

I'd be interested to know how many students in that dramatically expanding Westphalian educational system come from poorer families.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Tue Oct 21st, 2008 at 10:59:22 AM EST
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