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Thousands of UK students protest tuition fees hike

Posted by MSNBC on 2010-11-10 07:36:53 | Views: 78 |

Thousands of UK students protest tuition fees hike

LONDON — Students protesting a proposed hike in British university tuition fees say they'll attempt to use recall powers to oust lawmakers who break campaign promises on the issue.

Thousands of lecturers and students marched on Parliament on Wednesday to demonstrate against plans to raise the cost of studying at a university to 9,000 pounds per year (US$14,000) — three times the current rate.

Frances O'Grady, of the Trades Union Congress, says the hike would make colleges "no-go zones for young people from ordinary backgrounds."

Britain's Liberal Democrats, who are part of the coalition government, pledged during the country's election campaign to abolish fees.

The National Union of Students said it would try to recall legislators from the party which vote in favor on the hike.

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