January 19, 2010 2:04 PM Subscribe
Is it legal to levy class materials charges in scotland ?
posted by sgt.serenity to education (14 answers total)
I'm asking in particular about my class - we are a photography class and are rather baffled - we are not allowed to matriculate without paying the charge - and then we are told that we are paying for things like colour and black and white printing - but nobody did any black and white printing or colour printing.
When we questioned the charges (which are not itemised) we were told they were blanket ones and we should have used the facilities. we have max one or two students using these facilities out of about 50 - everyone prints on an epson - for which we are charged individually. If one was to just print digitally - one would still be charged the fee and the cost of digital prints on top.
As i've said, there is no itemisation in the bill, its a bit of a poll tax really - if we dont pay it they will not let us matriculate - and they say they will not let us graduate without paying this mysterious 'bill'.
So i'm wondering - is it actually legal to do this in an age of free tutition and freedom of education in european law ?
does anyone know about this or can suggest a good source ?