By Maite Porras De Kwant
Lærdansk, the Danish national language school, offers free Danish language courses to international students who study in Denmark. But due a new tax plan the possibility to follow a free course for foreign students will be affected.
The Danish government have agreed to 5 billion kroner (673 million euros) of tax cuts, says Finance Minister Kristian Jensen. Starting from July 1 this year the foreigners will be charged 2,000 kroner (268 euros) for the module.
A former student of Lærdansk, Guus Foks, said he would not have done the language course if he would have to pay for it. The results of a survey conducted by Lærdansk show that Guus is not alone in this. 74% of the students would not be willing to pay for the Danish language courses.
“It means more or less a 50 percent reduction of the total amount of students at the school,” Principal of the Lærdansk school in Aarhus Marianne Jensen said. “And this will also result in a significant reduction in the number of staff members at Lærdansk”, thus Marianne Jensen. According to their website Lærdansk has 400 employees and 10,000 students.
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