Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/944/25259

From The Socialist newspaper, 12 April 2017

Cuts leave schools unable to meet basic needs

School food boy

School food boy   (Click to enlarge)

Akila Kumar, Birmingham teacher

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has proposed to fund free school meals for all primary school children by adding VAT tax on private education fees.

At a time when schools are facing severe cuts to their budgets, Corbyn's proposal is a welcome measure. It is an absolute disgrace that, due to cuts to benefits and the rise of in-work poverty, some parents go hungry so that their children can have a decent meal.

But to solve the crisis in education, Corbyn needs to go even further. His proposal should be just one of many measures to increase the funding available to schools. The government's brutal cuts to education mean that primary schools will lose on average 403 per pupil and secondary schools will lose 554 per pupil by 2020.

It is no wonder that schools are struggling to fund basic resources for pupils: the school I work at cannot afford to replace basic classroom equipment.

Even more shocking, one primary school in Sussex has had to ask pupils to donate toilet roll and stationery, as it cannot afford to finance these items due to cuts. One in six state schools have sent letters to families asking for contributions of 20 a month or more for around 1.4 million students.

Elsewhere, schools are considering closing early two days a week as they cannot afford enough teachers.

Government cuts have left schools unable to meet the basic needs of pupils. Meanwhile, the government continues to promote inequality through academies, free schools and grammar schools.

These should be abolished and replaced by a properly resourced state education system for all. No school should have to ask for handouts from parents because they cannot afford resources.

No parent should have to go hungry so that their child can eat. There is enough money in the hands of the super-rich to finance a decent state education for every pupil.

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


In The Socialist 12 April 2017:


NHS SOS

Victory! Health workers walk out

Hundreds march to save the NHS in Carlisle

Carlisle NHS privateers leave patients at risk

NHS SOS round-up


Save our schools!

School cuts can be beaten with a strategy to win

Cuts leave schools unable to meet basic needs


Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

Cardiff: Labour right rattled by anti-cuts TUSC

Doncaster: Socialist Steve's growing support


International socialist news and analysis

Attacks ratchet-up Syrian conflict and fuel tensions between powers

France: Groundswell of support for left candidates

Ireland: Bury the water charges


Socialist Party news and analysis

Scrap the Tory 'rape clause' and all benefit attacks

Thousands left with 50p for rent - cap rents, not benefits

47,000 kids exposed to illegal toxic air

Them & Us


Socialist Party workplace news

Solid strike across the rail network against unsafe driver-only operation

PCS election: Vote Democracy Alliance

Car workers strike at BMW in defence of pensions

Derby teaching assistants accept offer to end pay dispute

PCS protest

Arts unions agree joint campaign work


Livingstone, Labour and anti-Semitism

Livingstone, Labour and anti-Semitism


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Excellent Socialist Party trade union meeting

Last quarter's fighting fund target smashed, now make our voice heard in elections

Action against cuts at Solent University

Police officers face misconduct charges over attack on 'freedom ride'

Newham socialists attend 'I, Daniel Blake' film night

KCL housing 'wall of shame'


 

Home   |   The Socialist 12 April 2017   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Schools:

triangleSchools and teaching: A perfect storm of cuts, underfunding, excessive workloads and low pay

triangleSchool spend is behind eastern Europe

triangleGlasgow jannies win famous victory against council cutters

trianglePlans to bring A-levels back to Knowsley abandoned

triangleEducation cuts forced back

Cuts:

triangleBoost to Chatsworth NHS campaign

triangleThousands march in Bristol - mayor needs real anti-cuts strategy

triangleHuddersfield A&E closure goes to judicial review

triangleBristol's Labour mayor calls anti-austerity march - now stop making cuts!

School:

triangleYoung Socialists launched in Greater Manchester

triangleGlasgow janitors win famous victory

triangleWaltham Forest Socialist Party: Report from the CWI summer school

Education:

triangleKick out the Tories, fight for free education!

triangleInterview with leader of students' union in the Spanish state: "When we fight, we win!"

State:

triangleRate of black imprisonment worse than US

Government:

triangleTories retreat on pay cap

Parents:

triangleStudents 'skirt' school uniform issue!

Finance:

triangleGlobal finance: Are those storm clouds ahead?

Children:

triangleUN slams Tories for disabled rights ruin

Students:

triangleThem & Us

Teachers:

triangleWorkers' struggles in Peru: eyewitness report

Inequality:

triangleInflation: Workers lose out - time for action

Free Schools:

triangleAcademies mired in debt and corruption

Academies:

triangleCorbyn pledges council powers to take over academies

Benefits:

triangleBT attack on pension benefits

Fees:

triangleCaerphilly Socialist Party: How to abolish university tuition fees?

News and socialist analysis

News and socialist analysis

13/9/17

Labour Party

Readmit the socialists - for a federal Labour Party

13/9/17

Health

Tories 'flouting duty' on poison air, says UN

13/9/17

Racism

Rate of black imprisonment worse than US

13/9/17

Nurses

"I've been placed in charge of wards without defibrillators"

13/9/17

TUC

TUC congress 2017: time for action on pay

12/9/17

Pay

Tories retreat on pay cap

11/9/17

NSSN

NSSN lobby of the TUC 2017: rank-and-file solidarity to smash the pay cap

6/9/17

Bin workers

Back the Brum bin strikers!

6/9/17

Global warming

Extreme weather events and global warming

6/9/17

Education

Schools and teaching: A perfect storm of cuts, underfunding, excessive workloads and low pay

6/9/17

TUC

Tories weak: time for the TUC to act

6/9/17

Disabled

UN slams Tories for disabled rights ruin

6/9/17

Culture

Problem gambling soars by 33%

6/9/17

Them & Us

Them & Us

31/8/17

Labour

How to help the struggle to change the Labour Party

triangleMore News and socialist analysis articles...


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

triangle19 Sep Bin workers vote to continue action following rally

triangle13 Sep Readmit the socialists - for a federal Labour Party

triangle13 Sep Korean peninsula: is nuclear war likely?

triangle13 Sep Kick out the Tories, fight for free education!

triangle13 Sep Thousands march - mayor needs real anti-cuts strategy

triangle12 Sep Tories retreat on pay cap

triangle11 Sep Barts strike - 'Up the ante' if necessary

More ...

triangle19 Sep Manchester Socialist Party: The Rohingya refugee crisis

triangle19 Sep Birmingham South East Socialist Party: What is socialism?

triangle20 Sep Salford Socialist Party: The 1871 Paris Commune

triangle20 Sep Cardiff West Socialist Party: The legacy of slavery

More ...

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

Archive

Archives:

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