South Korean Students Rally For Lower Tuiton

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As college tuition rises throughout the world, so do the student protesters who have to pay for them. The AFP reports that on June 17th, nearly 2,000 South Korean college students congregated in Seoul to demand that President Lee Myung-bak keep his 2007 election promise to halve tuition fees and lower youth unemployment. Despite police warnings, the students gathered in a massive candlelight rally holding signs and shouting slogans.

As college tuition rises throughout the world, so do the student protesters who have to pay for them. The AFP reports that on June 17th, nearly 2,000 South Korean college students congregated in Seoul to demand that President Lee Myung-bak keep his 2007 election promise to halve tuition fees and lower youth unemployment. Despite police warnings, the students gathered in a massive candlelight rally holding signs and shouting slogans.

Similarly, last year in the U.K., thousands of students held demonstrations and rallied for change against politicians’ broken promises to keep low education costs. As tuition rises in the U.S. (we have the highest average college tuition in the world), students should take after these two countries and protest for lower tuition. With more students aspiring for higher education, paying triple the regular cost for college with no guarantee they’ll have high job prospects upon graduation is a reality that must be changed.

[Photos: (top) Ahn Young-joo/AP Photo; Jo Yong-Hak/Reuters]


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