Target: Education Secretary Nicky Morgan
Goal: Stop dramatically raising the cost of university attendance, and make all cost increases transparent.
The Department of Education in the U.K. made a significant increase to the cost that students must pay per year to attend public universities in England. Instead of announcing this change publicly and accepting criticism for this increase, the government hid the cost on an infrequently visited part of their website. The government should be chastised for making this increase and for being covert in delivering this news to the public.
In many countries the rising cost of education has become a major cause of concern. Students looking to improve their situation are deterred by the risk of incurring what seems like insurmountable debt. The economy is hurt by young people making interest payments on debt when they should be buying houses and planning for a family.
It is no wonder that government officials would want to hide that they plan to raise these costs further by listing the increase on a part of their website that receives little traffic. Government policy is making students, the least able to afford it, bear the cost of the government’s own financial mismanagement.
It is unacceptable that there was an increase in England when the cost of education in other European countries is relatively low, or in some countries entirely subsidized. This shuffling of burden onto the poor is disgraceful and it should not go unnoticed. Sign this petition to tell the Department of Education how disgraceful it was to conceal this cost increase from the public.
Dear Secretary Morgan,
Recently parliament decided to make an increase to the cost that students must pay to receive a university education. Instead of publicly announcing this cost increase, it was put on an out-of-the-way section of the Department of Education’s website.
If the government felt confident in the necessity of this increase that will be felt most harshly by the poor, then they would not have needed to evade criticism by making the details of this price hike inaccessible. Education should be equally available to all, but it seems like the Department of Education feels as if it is only a right for the privileged few who can afford it.
Please work harder in future to cut prices for education, so that students and their families are not stuck with unmanageable debt. Being more transparent about price changes will give families the opportunity to complain and take actions to keep the price of university low.
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