And so the Fight Continues: Student vs. Government

Students from all over the country gathered in London last Wednesday, to show they are still not stepping down; the crisis of the university fees are still stirring; causing outrage. The streets of city centre had flocked together an estimated 10,000 students rebelling peacefully against the rise in university fees.

It has been more than a full year since David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science announced the harsh rise to approximately £6,000 per course year on the 3rd November 2010. Some exceptional universities may charge up to £9,000. And the coalition government have stuck to their guns despite their slight disagreements.

Willets had mentioned it made university funding more sustainable, but ideally has created a higher risk of instability for students as of next year. These students are expected to leave university with a degree under their belt but also a substantial debt worth £43,000. In today’s economy with the recession as well as high unemployment, it is not always certain that these students will actually pursue their career path after university and earn money. Is it truly worth the stress and debt? Or will future potential students go for the next best alternative such as apprenticeships that could guarantee them a job and a chance of success.

Many people will believe students who protest are delusional, that it’s a waste of time, as currently not much progress has been made. Points have been raised but no results. Students are very hopeful though and believe changes will eventually occur, even if it takes years of protesting. Prime example would be Female Activist Emmeline Pankhurst, who had thrown herself in front of a horse at the Derby races in 1913. Although the example may seem over-dramatic, a point was made after years of fighting and getting sent to prison for woman’s rights.

Much respect, though, can be given to those students who have determination and a will to carry on protesting to bring across change in the UK once again. It has even lead to bizarre circumstances where permission has been given to the police to be able to use rubber bullets on students if deemed necessary. Yet all the students really want is their voice to be heard and acknowledged, to know their Government will listen to them and allow explanation.

Then again, the decision made by coalition government will reinforce the idea of students picking a course that they will be fully committed to and actually wish to pursue once they graduate. Although the price is high, many students will leave university with a qualification that will help them climb the ladder of success and also show possible employers that they are dedicated with an extreme interest in that field. Paying such high university fees will result in students making wise decisions and not just picking a course for the social aspect of university.