For a few weeks, thousands of students in the UK have been protesting against rising tuition fees. They are raising their voice, as according to the newest reports the government plans to increase the university tuition fee in England, Wales and Northern Ireland from £3,290 to £9,000 per year.
Yesterday, protests were held in London, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds. Over 150 people were arrested and one police officer was injured (Sky News).
Students from Scotland are the luckiest ones, as cuts will not apply to this region. However, last week they joined the protest too. According to STV, hundreds of students in Glasgow and Edinburgh attended the protest and they were waving placards which read ‘No Cuts, No Fees’ and ‘Clegg Out’.
In other cities some of the placards carried by students said: ‘Cut war not education!’, ‘Cut war not EMA’, ‘We are the future. Think twice’, ‘We would like to teach the world to sing but we can’t afford our music degree’,’ I will never meet my prince at uni now’.
Nick Clegg, leader of the Liberal Democrats, refuses to say whether he will back this project. However, in an interview with Jeremy Paxman before the May election he said,’ Of course I would vote against cuts which would destroy any chance we would have of having a sustainable recovery’.