NUS urges national student walkoutBy Sam
Week of action next month
The National Union of Students (NUS) is urging its members to stage a mass walkout in protest against the increase in tuition fees.
After a consultation on what the NUS's campaigning priorities should be, an email was sent to thousands of students at the end of last week informing them of plans to hold a five-day week of action in March.
The union has planned the week of action to take place on 12 March until 16 March with a national walkout planned on Wednesday 14.
"Students will not stand by and let the coalition press ahead with its destructive plans to sell off and privatise our universities and colleges. We want openness on the future of our education," the email read.
"The walkout will show the government what campuses will look like if they continue to press ahead with their plans for privatisation – deserted."
Four days later, a lobby of parliament will take place to "educate our MPs about the issues so they can question the Minister on our behalf."
The government says the increase will not have a negative impact on students.
"Most new students will not pay upfront, there will be more financial support for those from poorer families and everyone will make lower loan repayments than they do now once they are in well paid jobs," a spokesperson for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills said.
"Students, like other citizens, have the right to participate in peaceful protest."