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Revolting students over revolting fees

Rebel yell spotted from the Confidential office window

Published on November 29th 2010.

Revolting students over revolting fees

The students were right when they said that the London protests would not be the last we heard of their views about tuition fees.

Chants have just been heard passing the Confidential office with the younger students leading the way this week.

A national walk out was planned for 11 o’clock today with students from across the country leaving classes and lectures to march. Undergraduates are being joined by secondary school pupils fearing for the future of their education and fighting against the plans to scrap the Education Maintenance Allowance that helps 16-19 year olds with funding through college.

The sea of placards was heading to the Town Hall where the protesters plan to group together to fight the fees.

The University of Manchester Student Union had created a Facebook event with nearly two and a half thousand attendees and protesters meeting at University Place on Oxford Road before making their way to the city centre.

So far the protest has been a peaceful one with students simply voicing their beliefs loud and clear.

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5 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

MR BLUE SKYNovember 25th 2010.

Revolting fees ? you mean the taxpayer isn't going to fund higher education and why should we ? If you become a lorry driver , a pilot, a plumber you pay for your course and so should students.

JayNovember 25th 2010.

Because Mr Blue Sky, if individuals didn't better themselves by studying then all we'd have is lorry drivers and you'd be stumped if you need a doctor, dentist or accountant. By the way, pilots and plumbers go to colleges and universities to study and are governed by the same rules as everyone else

AnonymousNovember 25th 2010.

Mr Blue Sky

Bad examples - pilots receive generous BURSARIES (free money) and adult learners can receive FREE plumbing courses.

The target for 50% of young people going to Uni is wrong for so many reasons, not tax payer funding.

AnonymousNovember 25th 2010.

According to what I have heard on the news there are no up front fees and loans do not have to be paid back until after uni when the person is earning over £21,000 at £6 per week. If they saved £6 a week on their booze bill while they were studying they would be home and hosed as they say in Oz. Any students like to tell us who they think should pick up the tab? Students from poorer circumstances will get their fees paid by the government. Why should this put anyone off going?

In the US they have to start paying back their loans from private banks as soon as they leave uni. One of my nephews over there is 22 and has just started paying off a $40,000 student loan.

MR BLUE SKIESNovember 26th 2010.

The 50 percent target of people going to university is another daft idea from the last government , not though out and not costed like every other daft New Labour idea , another reason we are paying a 120 million out in interest payments per day, these students need to get real , we can not afford yo pay for your education , nor bloated govt , nor the hugh out of control welfare budget, save up now like the last person said or pay when you got a job , because i and many others who dont take to the streets DONT want to pay for your education.

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