In the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia (Germany) tuition fees were abolished again today, after being introduced in 2006!
That reduces the number of federal states with tuition fees in Germany to eight (out of 16 in total), out of which general tuition fees are still charged in four states and tuition fees for students who study longer than expected in all eight.
In 2005 the federal constitutional court rules that the introduction of tuition fees is legal. In 2006 many states across the country began to use that verdict and made students pay (usually around €500 per semester + administration charges of between €50 and €250). Massive protests took place against the fees since 2006. Railway, city-centers and highways were blocked, ministries, classrooms and lecture halls occupied.Thousands were attacked and detained within 12 month in 2006/07 alone.
Together with North Rhine-Westphalia general tuition fees were abolished again in four federal states (Bremen, Saarland, North Rhine-Westphalia and Hesse).
Of course this doesn’t fundamentally change the education system. But at least it gets us closer to one of the three main pillars of the International Joint Statement: Access to education for all!
Here is an overview of protests during the summer 2009 in Germany.