‘Reduce university student tuition fees’ petition signed by more than 200,000 people – Evening Standard

The online appeal is urging the Government to reduce the annual cost paid by most British university students from GBP9,250 to GBP3,000. The petition’s creator, named on the dedicated parliamentary website as M Osman, argues that the current fee is “too high| particularly in light of the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The appeal has received a spike in interest since Boris Johnson announced that universities would need to move almost all teaching online during England’s third national lockdown.

Boris Johnson: primary schools, secondary schools, and colleges move to remote learning The latest guidance on the return to university campuses splits students into two groups. Those who are on courses in medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, education or social work will return for the spring term and be tested twice or self-isolate for 10 days.

All other students are being told to remain where they are and will start their term online, with distance learning in place “until at least Mid-February”. He said: “What we hope is that they (students) will get online learning that will allow them to continue with their degree courses. “But clearly there are going to be issues to do with the cost of their accommodation that we will have to look at as a Government, and see what arrangements the universities are making to deal with the reasonable concerns of many, many students.”

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M Osman’s petition requests that ministers go further and “consider holding debates in Parliament between MPs and university students to raise/discuss issues that affect them.”

It continues: “Higher education is the key for our nation’s future, live Parliament debates involving MPs and students are crucial to give them the opportunity to raise the issues of concern in particular reducing University student fees and other matters impacting their lives including accommodation costs. “The debates should include university students, post graduates, those from poorer backgrounds and disabilities also college students. Covid-19 has left the nation’s future economy/job market uncertain.” Thousands of Twitter users have shared the link to the page, with one writing: “Even if this doesn’t work, some recognition from government that university students even exist would be great.”

Another tweeted: “The only time students have been mentioned during this pandemic was when the media/govt. were blaming us for the rise in cases.

“Now it’s time to acknowledge that the quality of teaching/resources is NOT worth the GBP9250 we are paying.

Please sign.”

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