Thousands of students remain isolated in the tiny rooms of university dorms in Britain due to the coronavirus. A start to the academic year like no other. Seclusion between four walls, virtual classes, guards at the doors of the residences preventing anyone from entering or leaving, fines, and even expulsion, for those who break the rules.
At the beginning of this month, almost half of British universities had cases of Covid-19. Official figures updated on Monday reveal that 9,000 students in 68 universities are currently positive. According to a study by the newspaper ‘The Times’, in the areas of the country where there are students, the levels of positives are five times higher than in other places.
The “most expensive jail in the UK”
Sanjiv sanchdev he was one of the rookies who got to Leeds to start your first course. The contagion was immediate. “It’s outrageous because it was totally predictable. He’s far from home, away from his friends and family. He’s trapped in a small room & rdquor ;, says his father, who has only been able to help him by ordering food for him on the internet, as they are doing. many other families.
Adding to the unfortunate situation is an avalanche of complaints about the cost and poor quality of the food that the campuses are distributing to those in forced confinement. It is “the most expensive prison in the United Kingdom”, denounced two students in the residences of the University of Edinburgh.
On Instagram they tell how they are sending sandwiches with bacon to Muslim students or nuts to those allergic to these products. “There are some occasions when the needs of the students have not been met,” admit those responsible for the provisioning. The Scots thing is no exception.
“We want meat”
In the Univertisty of York the menu is a sandwich, french fries, a chocolate bar and water, as a daily ration at a price of about 77 euros during the isolation period, which should last 10 days in principle. In Durham students who have paid 2,200 euros for food throughout the academic year are receiving instant noodle soup and cans of beans with tomato sauce.
“We want meat,” said the poster attached to the sale of one of the rooms of the residence hall of the University of Manchester. In Birmingham they complain that everything is frozen and demand fresh fruit and vegetables. Expired products have been distributed in other areas. More of 2.500 students in Lancaster have signed a petition accusing the authorities of the university center of wanting “take advantage of isolated students”. In their case, they are paying 20 euros a day for a meal that they estimate costs just over 4 euros.
The matter has reached the House of Commons. The Secretary of State for Universities, Michelle Donelan, has warned the corresponding institutions, with which it has contacted, that they cannot profit at the expense of trapped students.