Reemo Voltri (foto: Postimees)

The actions take place at the time when Riigikogu is scheduled to discuss the future of university education in Estonia and the demands for increased funding, clearly expressed by universities and academic trade unions. The basis for the demands is the Education Agreement, which sets the funding target at 1.5%+1.5% (1.5 percent of the GDP must be used as public funding for university education and another 1.5 percent for teachers’ salaries). The Education Agreement now found also in (Education Agreement).

"It is important that we look at and value the education sector as a whole, because every part is important: primary, basic and secondary, as well as vocational and higher education. We must reach the situation set out in the Education Agreement: 1.5 per cent of GDP in higher education and 1.5 per cent of GDP in the teachers' salary fund - only in this way can we ensure the continuation of free Estonian-language and high-quality education in Estonia." – Reemo Voltri, chairman of the board of the Estonian Educational Personnel Union (EHL).

"The level of funding for higher education has reached a point where, without new investment, a decline in quality is the only option. The availability of student grants and scholarships is an important issue for the nation, as they enable anyone who is academically able to obtain higher education to do so, and no one has to drop out due to their poor economic situation." – Marcus Ehasoo, head of the Federation of Estonian Students Unions.