Just over a week ago, we had a letter in the Guardian taking on their arguments and calling for free education instead – we share it below. If you’d like to add your name please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We reject the claims made by some university vice-chancellors that lowering tuition fees is ‘implausible’.
To suggest that a system of free higher education is unrealistic and would damage Britain’s economy is absurd. On the contrary, when the government spends money on public services such as education this grows the economy. Investment in free education would create jobs, growth and provide the resources to allow Britain to tackle the challenges of the 21st century, from climate change to health problems.
Free education would also expand social justice, providing those students deterred from going to university because of the enormous debt burden of over £40,000 the chance to fulfil their potential.
We are inspired by Germany’s move to scrap tuition fees last year, are committed to building a movement to bring about free education here and call upon vice-chancellors to reconsider their support for an education funding system that is failing.
Piers Telemacque NUS vice-president, society & Citizenship
Shakira Martin NUS national executive and president of Lewisham Southwark College SU
Aaron Kiely NUS national executive
Shelly Asquith President of SUarts
Sahaya James Co-Convenor of South West Young Greens
James Honke University of Birmingham Student Assembly Against Austerity
Jordan Blyth Teesside University Free Education Campaign
Dave Cocozza Mature students’ officer, University of Kent students’ union
David Brand Free Education Brighton
William Roney University of Roehampton
Fiona Edwards Student Assembly Against Austerity