York's voice against rising tuition fees.
The possible rise in tuition fees the government is looking to implement is not acceptable. It is true that you can't put a price on education, but in a more practical sense hardworking students who have achieved good A-levels, but who are from less affluent backgrounds, may no longer be able to access the education they are entitled to. The Independent estimated that the top universities such as Oxford and Cambridge are going to charge between £10,000 and £15,000 a year, depending on course choice. If you are looking to be a doctor or enter some form of medical training you are looking at an estimated minimum £100,000 debt at the end of your degree. It is not good enough to say that once we have finished our degree we will be able to pay it back over a number of years. As reasonable as this sounds, it will take the average student around 30 years to pay off their debts. This is an appalling length of time; strange that the politicians who believe this is a reasonable proposition benefited from a state funded education. It is extremely important we are not complacent and simply allow this to happen. While protests are occurring in London and various parts of England no one seems to have taken the initiative in York. So this is the initiative. If you live or work in and around York City join this petition against the rise in tuition fees, and get York's voice heard.