On Thursday the Scottish Parliament approved the Graduate Endowment Abolition (Scotland) Bill which restores free education and means that all current and future students, as well as those who graduated on or after 1 April 2007 will not have to pay the charge. The graduate endowment was introduced for Scottish students and EU students entering a Scottish university from 2001-02. It was a one-off payment on successful completion of a higher education course of three years or more and replaced university fees.
The bill was passed with support of the LibDems and, according to the editorial comment in the Herald yesterday, in turn the SNP government has agreed to review the system of student support. No doubt the current practice of students being funded by government and parental support will remain. In Scotland an obligation of 'aliment' is owed by all parents to their children under s1 Family Law (Scotland) Act 1985. A child being defined as;
(a) under the age of 18 years; or
(b) over that age and under the age of 25 years
who is reasonably and appropriately undergoing
instruction at an educational establishment, or train-
ing for employment or for a trade, profession or