MP's strong words on tuition fee rise

July 3, 2009 12:00 AM

Rochdale's MP Paul RowenThe government's higher education policy is "falling to pieces", says Rochdale MP Paul Rowen.

The statement follows news that there will be a freeze on student loans and grants, but an increase on tuition fees by 2010/11, announced yesterday by Higher Education Minister, David Lammy.

Paul Rowen said the move will act as a barrier for potential university students in Rochdale.

He added "The government is continuing to hit students hard at a time when debt is rising and graduate employment is falling dramatically.

"Their higher education policy is falling to pieces.

"Students and their families who are financially supporting them will be shocked by this news and I would today like to reiterate my commitment to abolishing student tuition fees.

"This is a double whammy that is set to hit university applications hard.

"Not only will debt rise as a result of this decision, but it is clear from the Government's mis-management of the Higher Education sector - standards and facilities will suffer.

"I am a firm believer in opportunities for all and this rise will reinforce the class system in universities.

"Our new, state of the art sixth form college will be up and running by the time this is double whammy is implemented and I want all students at this exciting facility to progress."