Submitted by admin.rpa on Mon, 03/18/2013 - 15:29
On Thursday 28 February four student council members attended a UK Youth Parliament hustings event at Heatham House in Twickenham. The event was for the candidates in the election to put forward their manifestos and receive questions from the audience in order to state their position on key issues that are important to the young people they will be representing.
Joseph Aulsford and Younis Mageit (both in Year 10) are standing for election this year and both put forward their manifestos. It was clear that they had worked hard to research issues and prepare manifestos that were inspiring, challenging and achievable. They were then questioned on key issues such as: the rise in tuition fees for university students; lowering the voting age to 16; improving transport links in Richmond; more work related opportunities for young people; youth unemployment rates and whether the competitive nature of employment and education was a good or bad concept. Younis and Joseph both tackled all the issues with maturity, intelligence and integrity.
The voting is now open and over the next week and a half all RPA students will have the opportunity to vote for the candidate that they feel would represent them well at a local and national level.