23 November 2018 • LSvB
Demonstration against the system of student debt
On Saturday 24 November, the LSvB student union and political parties have organised a demonstration in The Hague against the student debt system. The demonstration will illustrate the mountain of debt and the pressure experienced by students due to their debts.
With the implementation of the student loan system, the average debt has risen to 26,000 euros. It takes graduates 35 years to pay back this debt, so they are paying until they retire. Furthermore, it has become almost impossible for them to build anything up because it is increasingly difficult to get a permanent contract and the debt is taken into consideration when calculating a possible mortgage. That is not the only negative effect of the debt system.
Since the implementation of the student debt system, education has become less accessible. There are fewer students going on from senior secondary vocational education to universities of applied sciences. Young people whose parents don’t have a degree are less likely to study themselves, much like youngsters from a migration background. With this demonstration, the young people want to draw attention to the tight spot they find themselves in and call on the government to take action and reintroduce the basic grant. Because everyone has the right to an education and debts should not become the norm.
The demonstration, which will be held from 1 pm to 3 pm, has been organised by the Dutch National Student Union (LSVb) together with LAKS, JOB, FNV Jong and ROOD. Thousands of young people will walk a route from the Lange Voorhout to the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and then back to the Lange Voorhout.