Young Academic can reveal that the two teenage students that took their fight over scandalous tuition fees to the high court have lost their case. In disappointing education news, it seemingly seems that the powers that be believe tripling fees for new students is perfectly acceptable and in fact doesn’t stop true academics from entering into higher education.
Callum Hurley and Katy Moore intriguingly decided to refused to take no for answer as they plotted their route to university and a proper education.
The pair, both 17 years of age, argued that allowing universities to charge students up to £9,000 a year is in contravention of human rights and equality legislation.
Lord Justice Elias and Mr Justice King, sitting in London, ruled that the Business Secretary, Vince Cable had failed to fully carry out his public sector equality duties prior to implementing the regulations.
In response the judges said it would “not be appropriate” to quash the rules as there had been “very substantial compliance”.
On behalf of Hurley and Moore, it was stated that the fees increases have erected a barrier to higher education and widened yet further the gap between rich and poor. A gap that has unsurpringly grown larger and larger under the current elitist administration – who would have thought this situation would arise with an apparently left wing presence in power.
The judges were then told that the case raised important equality issues, and the less well-off, the disabled and members of black minority ethnic groups would be particularly hit.