Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/462/1708

From The Socialist newspaper, 9 November 2006

Students can defeat fees

WE WERE promised "education, education, education". We got lies, lies, lies. "Students benefit because upfront fees disappear" is the line the government uses to promote top-up fees.

Sarah Sachs-Eldridge

The problem is students and parents are not stupid and they've noticed the distinct lack of 'benefit' in a system that demands 3,000 a year for most courses! "Upfront" fees may disappear but in their place is the knowledge that you have massive and growing debts hanging over you.

Whatever the government says, students are acutely aware of this fact from the moment they register. That's if they register. You can only register if you can afford to pay your fees upfront or if you have proof that the student loan company have paid them on your behalf.

The government touts its targets of 50% of young people in university by 2010. This year, there are 15,000 fewer students on campuses. That's equal to a whole university's worth of students wiped out. Labour ministers called this a "strong performance". I'd hate to see a weak one!

The "student experience" itself proves that these education 'reforms' have a detrimental effect. Go to any campus and you will meet students who are struggling. Over 600,000 are in part-time jobs to fund their studies.

Tragically two young people have already committed suicide this year as a result of the stress of their enormous debts. For students the "student experience" of debt, poverty, stress, which are all confounded by the introduction of fees, is not sustainable.

There is 'no other way' to fund education but through fees. Or so they say. Incomes Data Services research shows that the average earnings of the top company executives are a record 98 times more than a typical employee, up from a differential of 39 times ten years ago.

This year if all the 389,505 students who registered were paying 3,000 it gives you a sum of 1.168 billion. That's a hundred grand or so less than Top Shop owner, Philip Green's salary for last year! By the way, he paid no tax on this fortune as he deposited it into an account in Monaco.

He's not alone either. According to The Standard: "More than 65,000 rich individuals live in Britain but pay little or no tax". That's just an inkling of where money could be found if ministers were not more concerned about their fat-cat chums than they are about our rights.

We know all the capitalist parties are liars. But what are we going to do about it?

Thousands of angry students marched through London on the 29 October NUS demo, ignoring the slogan of "keep the cap" and demanding free education. Unfortunately the NUS has not provided a strategy for building the fight-back.

Socialist Students are launching a Campaign to Defeat Fees because what's needed is a mass movement of demonstrations, occupations, mass movements involving students, education workers, parents and all who stand for free education.

We should aim to force the government to look elsewhere when it comes to financing education and to scrap fees.

Join Socialist Students: socialiststudents@hotmail.com
www.socialiststudents.org.uk Telephone 020 8558 7947
Write to Socialist Students, PO Box 858, London E11 1YG for more info.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 9 November 2006:

NHS: stop this market madness

Doctor attacks Labour-backing Prentis

Health minister's 'scary' performance

The public-sector fat cats

Out of the horse's mouth


Socialist Students

Students can defeat fees

Campaign to defeat top-up fees

Build a real alternative to BNP


War and terrorism

Hanging Saddam won't end crisis in Iraq


International socialist news and analysis

Solidarity - Scotland's socialist movement

Reactionary Jewish and Arab groups in homophobic campaign


Education

National action needed against performance pay

Devon teachers get organised

Education protests


Marxist analysis: history

When British imperialism hit the rocks


 

Home   |   The Socialist 9 November 2006   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Fees:

triangleUni market 'failure', two-year degrees - end cuts, scrap fees!

triangleMarch for free education! We demand a future!

triangleSocialist Students actions against uni fees on Budget Day

triangleWalk out against tuition fees on Budget Day!

triangleJoin the budget day protests!

Students:

triangleBrighton victory

triangleLiverpool John Moores Uni landslide for Socialist Students

trianglePlans to launch no-cuts campaign at Kirklees College

triangleDemonstrations by uni students and staff greet Bath vice-chancellor resignation

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

13/12/17

Woolwich

Support the Crossrail Woolwich walkout

13/12/17

Devon

Totnes MP uses coffin controversy to distract from brutal NHS cuts

13/12/17

Miners

Tory plan to hold dinner at coal mining museum defeated

13/12/17

Bradford

Bradford campaign to save children's services launched

13/12/17

Housing

Six months on - still no justice for Grenfell

13/12/17

Fracking

Movement growing against fracking giant Ineos

13/12/17

South London

South London health bosses' cover-up

13/12/17

Blacklisting

Unite day of action against blacklisting

13/12/17

Brighton

Brighton victory

13/12/17

Newham

Newham anti-academies strikes

13/12/17

Tamil Solidarity

Tamil Solidarity and Refugee Rights activists meeting

7/12/17

Blacklisting

Unite protest against blacklisting

7/12/17

RMT

Anti-DOO lobby of Liverpool's transport committee

6/12/17

Donald Trump

Mobilise to stop bigoted billionaire Donald Trump's state visit to Britain

6/12/17

Transport

Arriva bus strikers stand firm

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle13 Dec Support the Crossrail Woolwich walkout

triangle8 Dec Local government pay: fight for the 5% claim, fully funded

triangle6 Dec Strikers rally in Liverpool

triangle6 Dec Corbyn's Labour can defeat Tories with socialist programme

triangle5 Dec Victory at Glenfield shows people power can save our NHS

triangle5 Dec Labour council Blairites deselected

triangle30 Nov Victory: Glenfield Children's Heart Centre saved!

More ...

triangle13 Dec Caerphilly Socialist Party: Are we heading for an era of war?

triangle14 Dec Wakefield Socialist Party: Universal Credit - the Tories' latest assault on the poor

triangle18 Dec Leeds Socialist Party: Religion and Socialism

triangle19 Dec Bristol North Socialist Party: Christmas social

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

December 2017

November 2017

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice

V2