viscusanima wrote:There's over 50000 people currently in London protesting the tuition fees hike.
I wonder if it will do any good.
I'm a little confused about all this. Is Great Britain a much poorer country than I thought? $14,000 a year would be insanely cheap in the States, and O'Grady's statement that the tuition hike would make university no longer an option for normal people seems odd. Or are people just upset because they are used to such cheap education?
I've no doubt SB is a better place for this.
~£9,000 a year (plus living expenses of about £4,000 a year which will put you nicely in the poverty line here) is pretty prohibitive for most families. The way the legislation would change things would be to allow universities to set their own price with the intention of creating a markey dynamic. But, when they did this before, all universities charged the maximum. Their intention appears to be to let the better known univesities charge the maximum and price out underprivilleged families.
Once upon a time university in the UK was pretty much free. Then they put in an optional fee of ~£3000 and removed some of the government funding. Now they're trying to revoke as much government funding as possible and hike the fees up even more. Bearing in mind that in Scotland, as far as I am aware, university is still free to Scottish residents.
Nobody's arguing that you don't have it worse in the states - I don't know how you guys get anything done sometimes. But this is a real step backwards for a society trying to bridge the immense gap between the poorest and the richest.