Lower tuition fees for COVID -19 online learning

Lower tuition fees for COVID -19 online learning

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Nikoletta Matthius started this petition to Government

This is a petition to ask the government to reduce the cost of University tuition fees in many institutions that have been forced to teach students through online/distance learning due to the COVID pandemic. As many people around the world have faced rapid and unplanned changes to try and adapt during these difficult times, many universities around the world including the UK have taken steps to protect their students whilst trying to make sure that we make us much progress as we can from the safety of our households during the pandemic. The introduction of distance/online learning in many institutions is a sensible and more than welcome approach to this situation, so this petition is in no way shape or form to undermine the efforts of the schools and the difficulties that they face. This however does not change the fact that the option for distance learning was available in some schools before the pandemic and although the prices may vary, the price for studying online is usually much less than the price for studying on campus. Most of us made a conscious decision to study on the campus rather than online as we may have preferred a more immersive experience or just a more hands on approach to help us learn better. The decision to force us to change to distance/online learning will take away our chances of having our preferred experience and in some cases may affect our ability to learn efficiently. If the option for distance learn had not been available before the pandemic, then it may have been more accepting as an unprecedented way of dealing with the difficulty, however it now feels like a forced option. Some of us would have preferred to withdraw ourself from the course without charge then return when things might be back to normal however we are once again forced to comply. If the prices are reduced or at least matched to those for online course then it would lessen the burden on most of us as we will not feel so cheated whilst receiving the same university experience as someone who purposefully chose to study through distance learning. This once again is in no way shape or form meant to undermine the difficult time that we all face and how quickly Universities have had to adapt. I personally believe that every person should get what they paid for and if not they should at least get the correct price or get a refund. I would appreciate any help you can give so that we can get this message to the educational department of the government.

 

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