Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Thomas Byrne TD has spoken out against the proposed introduction of new fees for supplemental repeat examinations at Trinity College Dublin.

Deputy Byrne said, “Trinity College Dublin is planning to introduce a €450 flat-fee for those who re-sit examinations. This means that students who fail just one examination will be forced to shell out an exorbitant amount of money to allow them progress with their degree. This approach differs to other universities which have a more modest fee per repeat examination.

“Minister Bruton needs to set out his view on this matter. I have concerns that the approach taken by TCD could be testing the waters for other universities to follow-suit. It’s not acceptable that students who fail just one exam are being hit with punitive repeat fees,” concluded Deputy Byrne.