If you’re not already aware, I am studying at university (well… when I go back in September) and in England, the tuition fees are currently at a maximum of £9000 per year. This really sucks for all students whose families aren’t super rich, because that means that we have to pay £27,000 over the three years of study. And then you may get students whose courses require them to study for longer, such as medicine, which is a seven year course. PLUS, when you consider families who have children who are all at universities at the same time, then these people have to pay double, triple or sometimes even more than the amount for just one child who is studying.
I happen to have two siblings, one older brother who is a year older than me, and a twin sister. We are all currently at different universities across the UK, and the tuition fees for all of these universities are at the maximum of £9000. However today I read that the government are planning to raise tuition fees even further, to £9,250 in 2017. It’s insane! The government has said that the raise in tuition fees will apply to student who have already begun courses, so it doesn’t matter which year of study you’ll be in when 2017 comes, the chances are likely that you’ll be affected.
As I will be going into my second year of study this September, that means that I will be having to pay an extra £250 in my final year, which isn’t fair. Paying £9,000 isn’t fair. Apparently the raise in fees is for “better teaching”, but don’t you think that we’re paying enough for our education already? I personally don’t see how all of this money is going to help teaching. I think my lecturers are doing a decent job already.
Furthermore, it will likely deter poorer students who may be so deserving of a place at university, but they can’t go because they can’t afford it. If this goes ahead, there will be more and more students graduating university with increasing debts to pay, which is even more stress on their shoulders.
It’s not fair on the students that the government are now asking for us to pay this amount for our own education. Education is a human right, so why is it that we have to pay such ridiculous amounts? A few years ago it was raised from £3,000 to £9,000 which was a lot worse than the current raise in fees being proposed at the moment, but you’d have thought that a £6,000 increase would be enough. What’s worse, is that according to the BBC, in the future people could be having to pay up to £10,000.
So, that’s not great. It’s not fair, and it’s just going to allow the rich and privileged to be able to study. Can you tell that I’m annoyed about this?