Student demonstration for free education
So we are repeatedly told by politicians that the government has no money to fund education, but a recent study suggests otherwise – even more reason to attend the national demonstration for free education.
The demonstration, organised by the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts, is taking place on November 19th in Westminster and will form part of a wider free education campaign in the run up to next year’s election. It is estimated that around 10,000 people are expected to attend, making it the biggest student protest in four years. ‘Young people are prepared to fight the government and there’s a lot to fight for’.
If you’re top of your year, have rich parents, or are willing to bear the enormous sum of debt then there’s no problem. But is how much we pay, or how much university relies on our ‘donations’ really acceptable?
The president of NUS, Toni Pearce, has recently claimed students are ‘more engaged than ever before’ and ‘this is the year they’re going to make a difference. I really hope that what we’re asking for isn’t special treatment, it’s about wanting a fairer society’. Pearce goes on to say that ‘government would be stupid to ignore’ students.
Germany has recently scrapped tuition fees, thus indicating that free education is possible. Do we now have to question the real priorities of the British government? Is a £400 cash-winter sum to the elderly really entirely necessary? Is this money being well spent? Well if you’re an elderly smoker then I guess so.
If you believe that education should be free, then why not get involved?