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The latest lie, the latest disappointment, the latest injustice, by the latest government.

The coalition government is imposing vicious cuts on education, welfare, and other public services. In education, especially, there has been uproar against the hike in tuition fees, a hike which is to merely plug the gap left by the Governments spending cuts and not act as extra cash for any of the universities.

These cuts will ruin lives for generations to come, disproportionately affecting less privileged people, and widening the gap between rich and poor. Perfectly in line with Tory sentiments, yet completely out of line with what the people want. It seems these politicians, most of whom received a free university education, are becoming increasingly removed from the society they seek or more so claim to serve! Worse still, before the election, the Liberal Democrats pledged to scrap tuition fees. "Not only will we oppose any raising of the cap," said Mr Clegg, "we will scrap tuition fees for good." Their new stance, however, since the coalition, could not be further from their promise. That being said Vince Cable is adamant that it is not a betrayal, as they didn’t win the election. (LOL)

Essentially, a two tier system will result. One that allows the richest students to attend the best universities. So much for equality. Education it seems is becoming more of a business, with the rich determining the fate of others. As with the health service, it cannot be permitted to become a market place, which will only in turn lead to a less educated society. Students, even more so than currently, will be forced to choose courses based on finances rather than passion and career goals. Along with the current financial crisis, a substantial rise in the number of students going to university has also been ‘blamed’; from just 6% 50 years ago to around 45% today. But surely this is a testament to the education levels of the UK? Surely education should be encouraged for all, to as high a level as they wish?

Education is a right. All around the world. It is not a privilege for a few.

A new burst of revolutionary sentiment has been unleashed as a result of the shocking rise in fees. As ever the student population have mobilised in unity all across the country to peacefully protest against the latest scheme. From young school teenagers/prospective university students, current university students and graduates and workers, all came together to act in opposition.

Yes, as you may have seen in the news, violence did occur, but only by a reckless minority. Out of the estimated 52,000 protestors, on the 10th November protests, only a handful was violent. Yet this took precedent in the media and the real cause was lost amidst the smashing of windows and the vandalism of a van. Do not let this be the focus, or take attention from the real issue of protesting against the cuts and the consequent rise in fees.

As with anything that affects our society, current or future generations, we need to speak up and kill the apathy. Change is in our hands and it is time to make a stand. Everyone is affected. If you’re not going to be at university by the time these fees are in place, or wish to go to university at all, the effects of these education cuts and tuition fee hikes will still be felt.  Your children will feel their effect. Give the next generation hope, not more burdens to carry on their young shoulders.

The events of the last few weeks are a perfect example of the strength of the student body and of mass demonstration against unjust practices. Show your support to the peaceful protestors!

Solidarity through mass unity.

Students try to stop vandalism to police van.

 

 

Comments

Sulthana Begum

Brilliant article, covers all the points really well. I think it is disgusting to try to put such high price on education and causing the gap between the rich and poor as it will inevitably lead to, especially as most of the decision makers got their education for free!

29 November 2010 delete
Mobz Miah

Brilliant Article Nadia,

Question is Mr MP's, Will You Repay 9000 Per Year For The Years You Had It Free?

30 November 2010 delete
Nadia Hussain

Thanks guys!

There's a lot more to be said though, it's just scary that this is the route it has taken from Blair's 'Education. Education. Education' all those years ago!

Yes, the hypocrisy is crazy of them having a free education!!! But they'll forever be blaming the financial crisis for their own shortcomings and inability to govern!

These politicians are just becoming even further removed from the people they seek to govern.

The most annoying thing out all of this is that all students are seen to just be troublemaking feckless layabouts! What is clear is that the student population has been mobilised (one good result of crappy coalition) and they are our best Army and their strength is deeply underestimated! They have time, opportunity and exposure to different views to facilitate and make change. Without them, social advancement would be dead!

Big up to students who want change!

30 November 2010 delete
Mabrur Ahmed

i agree with the students wanting change sentiments

i will however add that whilst the coalition is a total shambles, would we really have wanted a return to office by the Labour leadership who got us in this pit to begin with.....

having said that, can we really blame our politicians specifically in the uk? i mean the financial meltdown did occur on a worldwide scale. surely our politicians here are a heaven send compared to greek and irish politicians?

im not saying that i think our politicians are the bees knees, but i am saying it could be worse.

im just saying... lol

01 December 2010 delete
Syeda Salmah

its an interesting argument since there are so many areas you need to take into consideration for example:

that was how the status of university education was established initially- through exclusivity (did i spell that correctly?lol) so in a way to offer it toeveryone is suggesting a decline in terms of value- after all value is based in demand right?

then the next strategy that took place was to convert all the polytechnic colleges into universities so there was an element of vocational education added to the concept of academic education - did that improve the status of further education- i have to admit there is a level of snobbery involved when i compare a degree from southbank to a degree from UCL precisely for that reason!

Following that blairs initiation of the poor to be part of the privileged commenced and many, including myself were given the opportunity to take part on university education- but how wise was that decision- you now have an overflow of graduates with not enough jobs to satisfy them!! he must have seen this coming? i know too many people who dismiss theor degree becuase they haven't been able to apply it in any way!

In the end we have been left with a society of tantrum children fighting and stomping their feet because its not fair- but how many have offered a solution? how many of them have actually read the policy? how many have applied the white paper reports outcome and considered it against it?

Education is a right and thats why every child is legally expected to complete their GCSE and it's free yet there are children who don;t even take that seriously so why should they suddenly fork out for grown adults who still act like children?

education is a right but university is a privilege.

I'm just playing devils advocate here by the way but it's worth thinking about!!

xx

05 December 2010 delete
Zeenat Islam

Vote today. Which way is it gonna go guys? Respect to the LIb Dem MPs who have resigned and refuse to vote.

09 December 2010 delete
Nadia Hussain

Nice to see some politicians with a conscience...

After an undoubtedly tense 5 hour debate, despite the various protests around the country the Government won the vote by just 21 -323 to 302 grrrr!!

Though we expected little less of the Tories in this vote, it's a shame more Lib Dems failed to realise the price they'll pay for this betrayal!

10 December 2010 delete
Abdul Kadir

"Education is a right"

If this is indeed the case and something we as a nation should aspire to - then I ask, as with with any smart objective, what level of education would be considered to be the "rightful" claim of every citizen? And is there any consensus on this? And on what basis do we arrive at this?

If education were to be defined in certain core areas such as literacy, numeracy and IT skills; it can be argued that even a free Level 3 education (A level, BTEC National, GNVQ Advanced, etc) is more than sufficient to cater for this requirement.

So what's the definition of an "education"? Who defines this?

In short, I agree that education, in principle, is a right and requirement. But a university degree (or above) may actually be surplus to this requirement and therefore not a natural extension to what is considered an absolute moral "right to an education".

24 October 2011 delete