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It started with insomnia and exam stress. Then came heart palpitations, chronic fatigue and irritation. After a tough semester Emil is now on sick leave with a depression. And he is, by far, not the only one.
Minister for Higher Education Tommy Ahlers (V) proposes extending bachelor graduates’ legal right of admission to master’s programmes to three years, removing grade bonuses, and making it easier for students to design their own programme of study. He will not, however, change the study progress reform and cap on education programmes.
Michelle Jensen managed, despite her mental disability, to go through the first year of her agricultural economics studies in the prescribed time. Yet she fears she may be forced to drop out if she now applies for dispensation for a delay. After the Study Progress Reform, Danish universities do not often give students with disabilities extra time to complete the studies, as this would set off financial penalties.
The hotly contested Danish education reform may be in its final death throes. Was the Study Progress Reform a flop and what will take its place? The University Post summarises four years of Study Progress Reform struggle.
The Danish government will make ten percent of funding for universities dependent on students’ timely completion of their study programmes and on how quickly they get a job