Nov 21 2014

UK Students Demand Free Education, While UC Students Rally Against Tuition Increases

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Germany’s decision to provide a free higher education to all its citizens struck a chord with other students in Europe. This week, more than ten thousand students from the United Kingdom took to the streets of central London demanding free education.

Challenging Prime Minister David Cameron’s austerity measures which raised the yearly ceiling on tuition from $4,700 to over $14,000, students are hoping to not only eliminate tuition fees, but also to obtain higher cost of living grants and more affordable student housing. The average student leaves university in the UK almost $70,000 in debt compared to the US where it is over $26,000.

But students in the US are also protesting. About a 100 students at the University of California Berkeley took over a campus building yesterday after learning that the UC Board of Regents voted for a large tuition increase for the 10-school UC system.

UC Board President Janet Napolitano, the former head of Homeland Security, had said that higher fees could be avoided if the State provided more money for the system. Increased tuition will apparently be used for pay raises, hiring more faculty and adding 5,000 more students to the UC system.

GUESTS: Georgia Elander, Press Officer for Young Greens, one of the main groups that organized Wednesday’s demonstration, Alex Holstrom Smith, a student and organizer at University of California at Los Angeles

Visit www.anticuts.com for more information about the UK student movement for free education.

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