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Graduates accuse politicians of ignoring debt

Published: Tuesday, 20 April 2010   Category: Public sector

Recent university leavers looking for graduate jobs in the public sector may be interested to hear that a leading student has accused politicians of working together to avoid the issue of tuition fees.

In spite of figures suggesting graduate debt had reached £35 billion, Aaron Porter, elected last week as the next president of the National Union of Students, said that the campaign was ignoring rising campus protests, the Times reports.

He told the paper: "All of the major parties are seeking to dodge the issue of fees. The Liberal Democrats have wavered on their position; there has been almost an absence of dialogue and certainly no detail from both the Conservatives and Labour parties."

The Browne Review, expected to be published after polling day on May 6th, is widely believed to be including a big rise in tuition fees and higher interest on student loans, while many vice-chancellors want fees to double to at least £6,000.

With only two leaders debates left - on international affairs and the economy - there are very few high-profile opportunities left for the main leaders to state their position on tuition fees.

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