Martin Phipps
Martin Phipps, Sheffield Green Party candidate for City Ward

Even Theresa May now admits that students face one of the “most expensive systems of university tuition in the world.”

Charging students for tuition fees has been a disaster. The Government still has to pay the money to Universities. On the other hand, very many students won’t be able to pay off the thousands of pounds of debt.

The problem lies in the principle of treating university education as a commodity, only for the benefit of the individual. Medical students are the doctors of tomorrow; can we say their education is solely for individual gain?

What students do with their education benefits everyone in society. Some end up earning good money and could pay a fair share of tax based on income; others contribute to society in other ways.

The Labour Party should be ashamed of its decision to introduce tuition fees in 1998.

The Green Party’s policy is to cancel tuition fees and write off outstanding student debt. We need to give our graduates a hope for the future and allow them to flourish free of society’s debt.

Martin Phipps
Sheffield Green Party candidate for City Ward


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