Student march: Thousands protest education cuts in central London

The Evening Standard is reporting that over 15,000 students and lecturers marched through central London today demanding the government ensures access to free, quality education.

The demo organised by the National Union of Students (NUS) saw protestors gather near Parliament holding signs which said: “No fees, no cuts, no debt”.

Speakers including Owen Jones and NUS president Malia Bouattia voiced their opposition to the Higher Education Bill, which will allow universities in England to increase their tuition fees in line with inflation.

Ms Bouattia said: “The government is running at pace with a deeply risky ideologically led market experiment in further and higher education, and students and lecturers, who will suffer most as a result, are clear that this can’t be allowed to happen.”

“This week, before the bill has even been properly debated in parliament – let alone passed – universities are already advertising fees above £9,000.”

She added that she believed over 15,000 students and lecturers were in attendance.

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