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The Fight is Over and Votes been counting and the winner is…..

On Thursday 9th 2010 was the vote on tuition fees within England. The vote was made in favour of the

Here take my credit card, I want to be a doctor.

£6000 min £9000 max tuition fees with a majority of 21. It was close, 323 to 302. Not bad.

Protests that would make the French Proud

There were several problems, most of which had to do with students (anarchists) hijacking peaceful protests and turning it into their own excuse to “fight the man”.

On November 10th 2010, a day of action was turned into a day of destruction when thousands of students stood outside of Milbank Tower, the headquarters of the Tory Party. Few students took it upon themselves to storm the building, throwing anything that came to hand and causing serious damage to the lobby of the leading party of England’s coalition government.

Violent does not get anyone anywhere. Understandable many were angry about this issue but it was no

Day of destruction

excuse to cause a massive amount of criminal damage that would make the French proud.

The violence didn’t stop there, 14 days after the events of Milbank, there was a nationwide student walk out and once again students took to the streets of London. Students and London Metropolitan Police clashed resulting in several arrests and several injured.

The final clash between students and police happened on decision day, after the votes were announced it was taken a little too far when angry protestors attacked the car which contained the Queen’s son, Prince Charles and his wife.  It seems a little stupid on the driver’s part, seeing a huge crowd of angry people and driving into it, but that is no excuse for what happened.

Surprise Surprise some of them do care

Over the course of several months, the image of the Liberal democrats has changed. Many students, most first

Not really true now is it?

time voters, felt betrayed by the Lib Dem leader, Nick Clegg. When running for the position of Prime Minster in the General Election, part of his manifesto was to abolish tuition fees for all students. It was a huge shock when he switched sides and decided to follow conservative orders to raise the fees.

Several months on and there has been a divide within the Lib Dem party over the issue, which resulted in two MPs retiring from their post. It seemed that many MPs, such as Deputy leader of the Lib Dems, Simon Hughes and including those from the Conservative and Labour party thought that this policy on higher education not the best of ideas. They feared that this would put future students, especially those from poorer backgrounds, off going to university. Others understood how unfair it was to future students to have a life time of debt when they got to go to university for free.

Others just plugged the policy which included a scholarship for students from poorer backgrounds and the rise of the repayment amount from £15,000 to £21,000. This will begin in 2012.

Depending on what kind of job you get, if you can get a job in this economy, it still will be 30 years of debt.

University Degree equals Debt

Have you ever heard the joke about the students who had to pay £10,000 for their tuitions fees for university? Of course you have. It has been pasted all over the news this year that university tuitions fees will

University Student Equals Debt

be going up.

In 2006 Education Correspondent for the Guardian, Matthew Taylor argued in his article that by 2010 tuition fees for UK universities will be up to £5000. Now in 2010, it seems that Matthew’s predictions were true. It has been stated that the tuition fees will be higher for university students.

This kind of annoys me, as a university student, I know how hard it is to get into university not to mention find the money to pay for my tuition. Not only do we have to deal with the rising of tuition fees, we have to deal with Student Finance, who has constantly messed up the applications of the thousands of students who apply for their financial aid in 2009.

With the sudden rise in tuition fees it seems that the worry and concern has been floating around is if this will put middle class and working class students off of going into further education. This is completely understandable. The idea that you would be pushing yourself towards something that is meant to make your life better only to leave with thousands of pounds worth of debt before you even started working is a very daunting concept to think about. I, myself have had these worries, especially when I am already £14,000 in the red with only 2 years under my belt.

What gets under my skin is the fact that we are pushed towards university, not only by our parents but by our society. The ideal that has been placed upon us is simply, to have a better if we MUST go to university. If we don’t then we are going to end up in a dead end job. How are we suppose to aim for university if it is going to put us out of pocket BEFORE we’ve even  have a chance to accept our dream jobs. It annoys me that to go to university, future students will have to either have rich parents or have to work their butts off to pay for an education that should be free. University is meant to be a way of making someone’s life better, or that is what we are told, so why do we have to pay thousands upon thousands of pounds to make our life better. We never had to do that with Primary school or even for secondary school.

And then they worry that rising tuition fees will make all future students second guess whether or not they really need a degree.

There are more things that annoy me about the idea of university, especially the stereotypes that have been attached to being a university student and there is no way I can get all of this out in one blog entry so you’ll have to seriously

Watch this space…