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NUS responds to government plans to triple tuition fees (3rd November 2010) January 2, 2011

Posted by AaronPorter in Uncategorized.
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NUS responds to government plans to triple tuition fees

Responding to Government plans to raise tuition fees to £9,000, NUS warned that students would receive nothing other than other than higher debts in return for higher fees to foot the bill for cuts.

The comments came as Universities and Science Minister David Willetts prepares to make a statement to the House of Commons at 12.30pm.

The proposals would require Liberal Democrat MPs, who pledged at the General Election to vote against any rise in tuition fees, to break that commitment if they were to pass through Parliament. NUS warned that many applicants would be at risk of being priced out if the proposals passed.

Thousands of students, lecturers and others will march through London on Wednesday November 10 for the NUS and UCU Funding Our Future march to protest against cuts to higher education. Impromptu protests have sprung up university towns and at public appearances by Liberal Democrat MPs.

Aaron Porter, NUS President, said:

“The Government have completely failed to explain what students would receive in return for higher fees other than higher debts. Students and their families will simply not be fooled by rebranding of plans to triple tuition fees to foot the bill for funding cuts. They will also be justifiably believe that requirements on access, employability, quality or the student experience would be just as toothless as they are now.”

“These dangerous proposals risk pricing students out of elite universities and saddling a generation with huge debts before they have even got on their bikes to find work. If Liberal Democrats were to keep the pledges they made to voters then proposals to railroad a tripling of tuition fees through Parliament would be dead in the water.”

“Just four years ago, fees trebled and in that time there has been no improvement in student satisfaction, no improvement in quality, no improvement in staff-student ratios and no improvement in contact time. Universities haven’t been value for money for fees of £3,000 a year, and they certainly haven’t justified an increase, let alone a three fold hike.”

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