Raimond Kaljulaid: “From talks with the students, it appears that having a half-time job in the service industry is an unavoidable part of their university studies. More important than the student supports is increasing wages – a family should be able to finance their child’s studies itself.”
Mihkel Lees: “Even with the maximum study allowance and receiving the achievement stipend, a student can’t pay for their cost of living, food and other expenses. Working is useful for the students, but this shouldn’t be a reason for discontinuing their studies.”
Margit Sutrop with Angela, the student she was shadowing.
Margit Sutrop: “It’s clear that the students’ support system needs updating. It’s important that every capable youth could obtain higher education, despite the size of their family’s wallet.”
Raivo E. Tamm: “The main point was the lack of finances. Both in regards to financing institutions of higher education, but also on the student level – that 68% of students must work in addition to going to lectures to be able to live.”