How the UK Government is helping students
Here are all the steps taken by the UK government to help students during these tumultuous times.
1. The government announced that if courses are online next term/year we still have to pay full fees as we all know that a few hours of zoom a week gives us the same quality of education that we receive when on campus.
2. The government has given landlords mortgage holidays but told students to enter a dialogue with their landlords to try and secure an early release from their tenancy. Don’t worry, student landlords are notorious for the their lieutenancy, never keeping our deposits and always responding promptly to students’ concerns.
3. The government have outlined a support package totaling £0 for full time students over the summer, considering the fact than many internships have been cancelled and lots of the part-time/summer jobs that students normally work have been lost due the effects of COVID-19. Full time students cannot claim job-seekers allowance.
4. The government have laid out clearly how the funding shortfall for next year due to a reliance on overseas fees will be met.
5. The government have outlined a shift away from the failed marketisation of university education which COVID-19 has further exacerbated (only joking).
Our illustrious Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson said that all things considered “we are introducing a package of measures to boost support for students”. This is the same Gavin Williamson who was fired from his role as Defence Secretary for leaking National Security Council affairs after refusing to resign, proving some people really do only fail upwards.
You can make your own mind up if you think that the measures outlined above “boost support for students”.