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Students protest in London against rising tuition fees


10:48, November 22, 2012

LONDON, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- Tens of thousands of students in London marched through the city on Wednesday to protest against a hike in university tuition fees.

According to National Union of Students (NUS), organizer of the event, some 10,000 students joined in the demonstration making it the biggest student march since 2010, when a reported 50,000 took to the streets and occupied their campuses.

"The government has tripled undergraduate tuition fees to 9,000 pounds (14,300 U.S. dollars), and cut the education maintenance allowance and university teaching budgets by 80 percent," an email circulated among students said.

"Meanwhile, postgraduate and international fees are unlimited and are rising every year. The burden of paying for education is being passed from the state to the individual, saddling students with as much as 60,000 pounds of debt for an undergraduate degree in London," it added.

NUS leader Liam Burns was quoted by the BBC as saying the new education policies "restrict access for future students and create new barriers for those currently studying."

"Education should open doors, but the government is slamming them shut," he said.

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