Pupils on television

A GROUP of pupils are set to appear on a political television show to discuss their views on the rise in university tuition fees.

A television crew from the Politics Show interviewed a group of Year 11 pupils from Dyke House Sports and Technology College, in Hartlepool, to see if rising fees would put them off applying to university.

The BBC 1 show features the top political news stories of the week and the pupils will feature on the programme this weekend.

The topic is particularly relevant as just this week, Teesside University, in Middlesbrough, has confirmed it wants to charge students £8,500 a year in tuition fees, while Newcastle and Durham have recently announced they plan to charge the highest level of fees of £9,000 a year from 2012.

The proposed fees are subject to approval by the Office for Fair Access.

Bill Jordon, headteacher of Dyke House School, said the pupils enjoyed the experience and said the rising fees would not put them off as many see going to university as a chance to better themselves.

Chris Turner, a tutor at Teesside University, also spoke to the group about the economics of the rising tuition fees and what impact it could have.

Mr Jordon, who said the school has spent a lot of time raising aspirations of pupils, added: “The Politics Show came into school to talk to a group of 16 Year 11 pupils to get their thoughts on the rising tuition fees and whether or not it would put them off wanting to go.

“There was a great response from the students who said the large fees would not put them off applying as it is their one and only chance of going to university.

“It is something for them to strive for.”

The Politics Show, which is presented by Andrew Neil and Richard Moss, is due to air on BBC 1 tomorrow at 2pm.