Should university students all over Great Britain protest becuase of highly raised university fees from 3,000 pounds a year to 10,000 a year?
Everyone has the right to peaceful protest here in the UK so if they feel strongly then yes they should protest.
What they don't have the right to do is be violent, abusive and damage buildings and other peoples property.
Whether or not protesting will get them anywhere is, of course, another question.
They've got the right to protest, sure, but is there any point in their doing so?
The hike in tuition fees doesn't exactly come as a surprise - a higher than ever proportion of British school leavers now go to uni, so they can't all expect to be subsidised at the taxpayer's expense.
I actually wonder whether there's any point in someone of just above average intelligence spending three years getting into debt doing a Mickey Mouse degree, when they'd have been better off learning a trade or going straight to work.
Empress Felicity- as someone who works in a University- you are so right!
LOL, thanks. It's one of those issues that gets under my skin - people saying they've got a "right" to go to university when actually no, they haven't.
Having said that, I do feel incredibly lucky that when I left school in 1983, I was actually able to go to uni without paying any fees. However, this was back in the day when only a small proportion of people went to university and there wasn't the proliferation of wacky/soft courses that there is now. The government could afford to sponsor the small number of uni students that there were in days gone by, but they couldn't afford to subsidise the far larger number who go to university today.
Personally I think the government's attempt to "widen participation" in higher education has actually made it worse for intelligent students from low income families. I would definitely think twice about university if I were one of today's school leavers.
One of the problems demonstrating students have is that even if they go on strike no one but themselves will suffer where as nurses, firemen, ambulance drivers on strike causes massive problems to the 'running' of the country.
BTW Scotland has a different system on this and lots of other things such as help for payments for elderly in care,even the way house sales are handled are different under Scottish law.
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