Lack of notice over fees ‘unfair’

Polytechnic West Bentley student Asad Abdul Rasheed said students needed more notice that Tafe fees were going up.
Polytechnic West Bentley student Asad Abdul Rasheed said students needed more notice that Tafe fees were going up.

The 24-year-old business management student made the comments after the news that the State Government would increase the cost of some Tafe courses by more than 500 per cent by 2017.

‘If they wanted to increase fees, that would be fine, but they need to notify students six months or a year before it happens,’ he said.

‘I figured that the fees would be going up by 100 per cent or so, but to hear that it could be 500 per cent is ridiculous.’

Mr Abdul Rasheed said one of his friends studying IT was notified a month ago about a $600 increase to his fees.

‘It has really limited his options in terms of studying a diploma and graduating,’ he said.

Mr Rasheed said students were already paying too much for their studies.

‘I think it will deter people; they can’t increase fees by that much and expect everything to be the same,’ he said. ‘It wouldn’t stop me studying but I would not be happy at all.’