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Students should get tuition fees refund, says minister watch

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    Interesting to see the universities minister wading into the university strike story so strongly.

    Uni minister Sam Gyimah has called for universities to compensate students affected by the university strikes, either by refunding tuition fees or rearranging cancelled lectures.

    Gyimah said universities should get used to being held accountable by their students, adding: "Gone are the days when students venerated institutions and were thankful to be admitted. We are in a new age - the age of the student."

    I've got a feeling that 'age of the student' quote is going to stick and become something that Gyimah himself is held accountable to.

    Gyimah also completely ruled out any idea of scrapping uni tuition fees - calling the concept 'snake oil'. "If it's free, numbers will be capped," he said.

    Link to the BBC story on this
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    Wonderful of Gyimah to push the blame onto universities because his government isn't willing to fund them properly. Cut off the money, watch the decline, then make them take the blame. The exact same approach they're taking across the rest of the public sector.
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    I think the students need to get the missed teaching somehow, especially if it's something that's in current or future assignments. I'm not sure that refunds is the answer necessarily, but it does place additional difficulties on them still.
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