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The Socialist 20 May 2009

We need workers' MPs on a worker's wage

We need workers' MPs on a worker's wage


Swindling MPs are detached from reality


Reinstate Rob Williams!

Thousands march for jobs in Birmingham

Visteon workers' victory march


Why socialists oppose the EU

No2EU - yes to democracy


Sri Lanka: The guns fall silent but the tragedy continues

End Gaza blockade


Tiananmen 1989: Seven weeks that shook the world


Youth Fight for Jobs fortnight of action

Enthusiastic reception for Youth Fight for jobs


Don't close our schools!

Charlotte Turner

Kings College, London

Lewisham Bridge rooftop protest


BT say they're sorry

Welsh-speaking worker bullied by boss

PCS conference gathers

Construction workers walk out

Union organisation necessary to defend working conditions

Workplace news

Fast news

 
 

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Education feature

Don't close our schools!

Do not close our schools: Medway schools protest, photo Jacqui Berry

Do not close our schools: Medway schools protest, photo Jacqui Berry

OVER 200 parents and children held a very loud, colourful protest outside Medway council cabinet meeting against the closure of three local schools, St John's Infants, Ridge Meadow Primary and St Peter's Infants.

Jacqui Berry and Dave Berrie

The campaigns attracted wide support from all sections of the community - as well as from New Labour activists, desperate to score political points against the Tory-run council.

St John's parent Louise Dunn told The Socialist: "It's a really good school, plus no other schools have the room.... We are the people that should have a say on this issue, not them."

Do not close our schools: Medway schools protest, photo Jacqui Berry

Do not close our schools: Medway schools protest, photo Jacqui Berry

While the population is growing and school places are already in high demand, it seems crazy to close schools. As well as planning to close three schools, Medway council proposes 16 amalgamations.

"Part of their long-term vision for education is to create super-schools for 3-11 year olds and 11-19s. I don't think being in massive institutions with much older kids is good for my kid's development, but they are cheaper to run and easier to privatise," said Stacy Wilson, whose child also goes to St John's.

The council will no doubt continue to try and push through these plans despite smaller classes and schools being proved more effective for a child's education.

Stacy also said: "What's sad is that so far we have not been able to join forces with parents fighting to save Ridge Meadow and St Peter's. We have a better chance of keeping our schools open if we unite."

Campaign

Do not close our schools: Medway schools protest, photo Jacqui Berry

Do not close our schools: Medway schools protest, photo Jacqui Berry

The parents have been actively campaigning against the proposed cuts. Petitions, leaflets, meetings, and the successful protest have raised awareness on the issue throughout Medway.

Although they are not yet united, they are determined and not ready to give in.

All over the country, local authorities are trying to cut costs and clear their debts by passing the bill onto our children. Parents, teachers, school support staff and community campaigners will be forced into action. Another St John's parent, Sonya Tencome sent a clear message to others confronted with the prospect of a school closure: "Fight back until they listen!"


In this issue

We need workers' MPs on a worker's wage


Socialist Party editorial

Swindling MPs are detached from reality


Socialist Party workplace news

Reinstate Rob Williams!

Thousands march for jobs in Birmingham

Visteon workers' victory march


No2EU

Why socialists oppose the EU

No2EU - yes to democracy


International socialist news and analysis

Sri Lanka: The guns fall silent but the tragedy continues

End Gaza blockade


Socialist Party feature

Tiananmen 1989: Seven weeks that shook the world


Youth fight for jobs

Youth Fight for Jobs fortnight of action

Enthusiastic reception for Youth Fight for jobs


Education

Don't close our schools!

Charlotte Turner

Kings College, London

Lewisham Bridge rooftop protest


Socialist Party news and analysis

BT say they're sorry

Welsh-speaking worker bullied by boss

PCS conference gathers

Construction workers walk out

Union organisation necessary to defend working conditions

Workplace news

Fast news


 

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