The BBC reports that a petition calling for student tuition fees to be cut by nearly 70% to £3,000 is to be debated in Parliament later. It argues the maximum annual fee of £9,250 in England will leave students in debt and put people off enrolling.
The online petition attracted 164,166 signatures, meaning it has to be considered for debate by MPs, one of who, Labour’s Mike Hill, will lead it.
Ministers have announced a review of student funding after it became a major issue in the general election.
The government has said it has responded to concerns about the burden on students by increasing the earnings threshold at which many graduates have to start repaying their loans from £21,000 to £25,000.
Monday’s debate on tuition fees, which begins at 16:30 GMT in Westminster Hall, will not change policy but will give MPs a platform to discuss one of the most politically charged issues in England.
Originally launched in 2016 – when the maximum fee was £9,000 – the petition was selected for debate by the backbench business committee of MPs, after it secured the 100,000 signatures needed to be considered.
Monday’s debate will also provide a chance for MPs to raise related issues such as the pay of vice-chancellors, which has been in the spotlight amid a row over the £468,000 salary of Bath’s Prof Dame Glynis Breakwell.
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