Students face higher education dilemma after tuition fees vote

December 9, 2010 5:53 PM
Cllr Sian Reid

Sian Reid

Cambridge Liberal Democrats have expressed their sadness and disappointment at the coalition government's decision today (Thursday, December 9) to increase tuition fees.

MP Julian Huppert said: "Today, we have left students facing the real dilemma of whether they can afford a higher education. This is not what our education system is about.

"I believe this is a decision that will not only impact on students but on the country as a whole. It is one I believe we will come to regret. I had hoped we could have found a better way."

Cambridge City Council Leader, Sian Reid said: "I am saddened and disappointed by the decision to increase tuition fees.

"Our young people are our future and we should not be putting obstacles in their way. We have a duty to give them the best start in life and that will not be achieved by letting them start life in debt.

"I applaud Julian Huppert for standing by the pledge he made on tuition fees."

Leader of the Liberal Democrats on Cambridgeshire County Council, Fiona Whelan said: "I was fortunate to be given the chance to go to university with the help of a grant and I believe all our young people should have that same chance.

"This decision to increase tuition fees will lead to many students deciding not to follow that path. How do we have the right to leave them facing a dilemma which could colour the rest of their lives?"

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