Students studying within further education are usually the first to get the backlash of the government decisions to make cuts within the education sector. With major cuts still due to happen within FE we need to work hard and in solidarity to protect and support the students who choose to studying within further education to have successful futures.
EMA (Education Maintenance Allowance) for many students was more that what it says in the title, it's was what many student used to eat and travel with and ultimately what supported them in continuing their studies and gaining their qualification.
Many of those who study within FE institutions are from deprived, poor background who have not be given the opportunity to reach their potential but have overcome personal barriers in order to access education. I strongly disagree with the current education system and provisions provided.
Education should not be to marginalise people from succeeding but should be a driving force to encourage and support students in becoming professionals and moving into employment.
With the general election coming up it is vital for millions of students up and down the country call for a new EMA framework that actually said what it does on the tin - help students to maintain themselves throughout their studies while in further education.
It not about focusing on lobbying a certain political party but important that we lobby all political parties to have our priorities as FE students on their agenda.
For this reason I will continue to fight and work in solidarity with other campaigns to get FE recognise as equal to HE, and when I feel like we are not be heard and considered I will use my voice and "shout" a little louder until changed is made.
"We need to work today for tomorrow"
Get active – join the national demonstration for free education and against education cuts, tuition fees and student debt on Wednesday 19 November in central London. Join the facebook event here.