Thousands Gather To Protest Student Fees

A march in protest against the rising cost of university and further education is imminent as thousands of students gather in the capitol.

It is the first national student protest since a wave of unrest over tuition fees two years ago.

It was organised by the National Union of Students (NUS), with support from other groups.

The NUS published a survey suggesting voters have not forgiven MPs who broke election promises over raising fees.

"Education should open doors, but the government is slamming them shut," said NUS leader, Liam Burns.

"The damaging effects of recent changes to education have restricted access for future students and created new barriers for those currently studying," he said.

The protest march, which will pass near to the Houses of Parliament, is an attempt to put students back on to the political agenda - raising concerns over the impact of higher fees and the loss of financial support such as the education maintenance allowance.

They will also highlight concerns about the lack of job opportunities for young people.

It marks the second anniversary of a protest against tuition fees in November 2010, which drew 50,000 students and saw a violent attack on Conservative Party offices in Millbank.


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