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Don't Let The Market Rule Education
ON THE eve of the crucial parliamentary vote on the final reading of the Higher Education bill, several Labour 'rebel' backbenchers were still threatening to oppose government plans to bring in top-up tuition fees (which the government calls 'variable fees').
Meanwhile some vice-chancellors, mainly from the former polytechnics, have written a letter to The Guardian warning that: "...variable fees will further widen the differences in resources for universities and disadvantage the majority of students."
Michael Wainwright of Brunel Socialist Students told us: "Socialist Students have been organising to join the National Union of Students (NUS) lobby of Parliament against top-up tuition fees. We're fed up with the market becoming the sole purpose of university life.
"At Brunel, departments such as Geography and American Studies are being slashed. The administration is making decisions centrally without discussing with students and lecturers. They're making decisions on the basis of making profits.
"This defeats the whole concept of education being a right and not a privilege. It is creating a growing anger among students.
"Universities are becoming centres for business rather than centres for learning."
In The Socialist 3 April 2004:
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