A group of students at Bradley Stoke Community School have been staging a campaign to “raise awareness” of the rise in university tuition fees.
Year 10 students Georgina Jones, Jess Hicks, Abbie Head and Jess Morgan have been running a ‘Fight the Fees’ campaign as part of their Citizenship studies.
The girls explained to The Journal:
“In our Citizenship lessons we have been asked to create a campaign about an issue that matters to us. We have chosen to concentrate on the rise in student tuition fees, as we feel they will affect many people in the years to come.”
Local MP Jack Lopresti (Conservative) visited the school last Friday (11th March) and spent time talking with year 10 students on a variety of subjects including that of university tuition fees.
In a letter to The Journal written after his visit, Mr Lopresti says he is “passionate about social mobility” and believes “we should do all we can to ensure that those from the humblest of backgrounds can fulfil their potential” but adds that “we just cannot afford to keep funding students to the same level that we were previously”.
On average, a graduate can expect to earn £100,000 more than someone without a degree over the course of their working lives, according to the MP.
Figures calculated for the BBC by leading accountants show that a student borrowing £39,000 for a three-year course could pay back up to £83,000 in total (over 30 years).
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