I am extremely excited to be leading FE students onto the national demonstration for free education next week.
Given the scale of the Tories’ attacks students, education and the public services we all rely upon, there are so many reasons to join the demo and get your voice heard.
Here are 3 key reasons why I believe FE students should be joining the demo next week:
1. “No ifs, no buts, no education cuts!”
The cuts to further education have been deep and painful. One of the first acts of the last government was to abolish the Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA) which gave hundreds of thousands of the poorest FE students vital financial support to help them study. This government is cutting adult education by 24% and the forthcoming ‘Area Review’ threatens to see massive job losses and cuts to courses and student numbers in further education. Join the demo to say: “no ifs, no buts, no education cuts!”
2. “FE = free education, further education, for everyone.”
We need to march to tell the government to stop shutting down access to education. The introduction of fees and loans for adult learners in FE is a total disgrace. The trebling of tuition fees for university students and now the plans to scrap all the remaining maintenance grants for the poorest students is burdening the next generation with absolutely massive debts and also putting so many talented people off going to university in the first place. Last year Germany scrapped tuition fees in response to the student movement’s demands – if they can win, we can win too!
3. “Students will not surrender, stop the racist Prevent agenda.”
The government is also promoting racism on our campuses through the ‘Prevent’ agenda, which encourages Muslim students to be spied upon and harassed. Join the demo, which is going past the Home Office (government department responsible for this policy) and let it be known that the student movement will stand up to racism.
If you need any help or advice in how to get to the demo, drop me an email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let’s do this!