The news reported this week that violent clashes took place as protestors arrived to march on Parliament to protest against the rising student fees in central London.
Police have since made a number of arrests after violent scenes broke out as thousands of students marched on Parliament in a protest against tuition fees and the ever growing problem of student debt.
A small group charged officers who were guarding the entrance to a building near Parliament Square, according to police. Elsewhere missiles were thrown at officers and protesters pulled down protective fencing within the area.
Officers forced them back and pushed people away, before more protesters tried to force their way into the area.
Six arrests were made, including two for affray and two for assault on police.
Since then the government have made little to no comment on the events that took place, but are people really surprised at how things turned out?
I for one am not condoning violent action; I think that there are more peaceful ways to get a point of view across. But our leaders within government need to recognize that something needs to be done.
For many, education has proven to be a long, hard fought dream that many are unable to obtain. I am unfortunately one of these people. For those who do manage to stay in education; they are there for years studying full time only to then finally complete their studies which then means they need a job. This can then lead, with the exception of a very lucky minority to several months queuing at the local job center and then trying to obtain a work experience placement, whilst trying to fit in enough time to look for work.
The vast majority of jobs are advertised online, which applicants are more likely than not having to go through an automated questionnaire that really couldn’t care less that you were president of the social club or you put in all those hours at the volunteer care centre. When students leave also, there is the whopping problem of student debt. The vast majority of students are left with a sudden several thousand pounds worth of debt to pay, which means that the student in question will have to work for a very long time, more likely than not at minimum wage in order to pay off their debts.
Then there comes the problem of experience. Most employers are looking for a fair amount of “practical experience” which is understandable. The problem is a fair amount of university courses are suffering cutbacks themselves, meaning students lose out on said valuable experience that they would ordinarily gain whilst they study.
The problem is too, wealthier students and students from a poorer background are in direct competition with one another, the problem being the poorer students are more often than not faced with getting a sub standard education or an apprenticeship, neither which doesn’t allow them the guaranteed chance to get employment in the area they want, or even a permanent position, whilst wealthier students go into education with no real idea of what happens when they leave; or they have not got the proper experience that employers desperately need.
The government needs to work on the real issues. One, making sure that students do not have decades worth of debt that they then have little to no chance of paying off, giving students the proper hands on experience they need within a working environment and making sure that students who could progress far have the chance to, without being put off by the whopping fees. Whatever happened to the promise of an “equal, fair society?” If they continue on this path, all they will end up with in a decade’s time is a generation of angry and lost people, resentful of the chances they lost. Get a grip government leaders, open your eyes and help those who need it… don’t ruin the chances of people having a proper chance of life before they can even begin.
We are meant to be one of the most up together societies in the world, yet our young people are being failed in their education time and time again. Something drastically needs to be done.