Students Call For Government To Cancel University Tuition Fees
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Students are calling for the government to cancel university tuition fees.
With the UK having been plunged into yet another national lockdown, people have been given a stay home order, with schools, colleges and universities reverting to online learning for the majority of students.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the tougher restrictions last night (4 January) as part of a strategy to get the new strain of coronavirus under control until the vaccines can be rolled out more effectively.
And now students, who have still had to fork out thousands of pounds over the past year despite the majority of their learning being remote, are demanding a refund.
Writing on Twitter, one disgruntled student said: "I have not stepped on my University campus ONCE this year. Cancel the tuition fees because this has no been a year of tuition."
Another commented: "CANCEL TUITION FEES FOR UNIVERSITY STUDENTS FOR 2020/2021 YEAR OF EDUCATION.
THIS IS NOT A FULL EDUCATION!!!"
While a third echoed these sentiments: "Cancel university tuition fees now @BorisJohnson."
Labour MP Claudia Webbe supported the demands, adding: "£9000 fees for remote learning is a crime against education. Cancel Student Tuition Fees Now."
But some university lecturers have come out and said it just isn't feasible to 'cancel' tuition fees as they have still been working hard to keep courses going during the pandemic.
One tutor said: "You can't cancel tuition fees Claudia when all of us lecturers and support staff are working flat out!
"We've also worked all over Christmas to prepare for yet another term of online learning. I'm online six hrs a day working with students - they get tuition - it's just different."
This comes as Mr Johnson announced to the country that England would be going into a third national lockdown due to the number of cases of the deadly disease continuing to rise.
He once again ordered the country to stay at home, and not to leave other than for a number of permitted reasons, such as for work, shopping for essential items and medical issues.
Under the rules, people can fulfill volunteering obligations; exercise once a day alone, with people from their household, or one person from another household; visit other people in their support bubble; and carry out compassionate visits, such as to those who are giving birth or in a hospice.
Attending places of worship is also allowed.
All pubs and restaurants must close, except to provide food and non-alcoholic drinks for takeaway.
More information about the new lockdown rules can be found here.