Students turned-off by politics say more education is needed

elction photoMany students at Nottingham Trent University are feeling disillusioned by the world of politics ahead of the general election.

The students feel that politicians do not do enough to engage with students and that they have lost faith in all of them since the rise of tuition fees.

The coalition government tripled tuition fees from £3000 to £9000, even though Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg had pledged his party would not let that happen.

Thomas Falconer, 21,  a third year student studying Business and Economics, believes this move has prevented students from becoming more involved with politics.

He said: “I think students should really care about politics, a lot of people complain about policies such as tuition fees. I think that unless more people are voting then nothing is going to change.”

The Labour party has promised to cut university tuition fees to £6,000 a year if elected on 7 May. But many students feel this does not go far enough.

“I think that Labour reducing fees is a big deal but won’t be enough alone to gain students’ votes because everyone will be coming out with debt whether it is nine or six grand,” Thomas said.

Natalie Goodwin, a coaching and sports science student, supports this view and is angered by how the political parties treat students.

She said: “The one place they can get votes from is university and that is the one place that they don’t go to.

“I don’t see why I should put my trust in any parties when they don’t bother with us.”

Both students feel that more should be done to tackle voter apathy amongst young people.

Thomas said: “I don’t think that schools do enough to get us interested in politics. For example in America there is a system where they will be taught about politics from the start of secondary school.”

Natalie agreed adding: “You want to start by influencing the younger generation as they are the ones who will keep the system going, so they need to implement something into the education system.”

Oscar Walters, a first year Journalism student, believes this is true and said: “When I was at school we were not told about politics and I feel that I would have benefited from this type of input.”

 

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