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Universities in England to raise tuition fees; students pledge to oppose them

| April 5, 2011 | 0 Comments

In December 2010, television stations and newspapers showed footage of a frightened Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, and his wife Camilla, caught in the midst of an angry student protest against the ‘tuition vote’ – proposed increases in university fees. It is predicted that fees will rise in 2012 as high as £9 000. In response, students say they have been ‘betrayed’ but their new wave of activism will go on. Said President of the National Union of Students, Aaron Porter: “As they come for the education maintenance allowance, as they seek to raise interest rates on our loans and as they peddle lies about fairness, we will expose their betrayal.”

The coalition government has announced further moves to cut spending on universities by 40% over the next four years, and plans to remove teaching budgets from all but Maths and Science-related subjects – expecting other courses to become self-financing through increased fees.

Many economists believe that the fee increase crisis can be directly linked to the recent economic ‘meltdown’. Said Pam Tatlow, of the Million Plus think tank: “To be financially sustainable, universities will have to charge more.”

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Category: Autumn 2011

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