Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/1106/31521

From The Socialist newspaper, 21 October 2020

Disabled students let down by "rotten education system"

Students demonstrating in London, photo Isai Priya

Students demonstrating in London, photo Isai Priya   (Click to enlarge)

Mark Sayers, Keighley

The UK's capitalist university system is rotten to the core. Universities' prime aim is not to provide education for students - but to generate income for their vice chancellors and management who make millions by ripping off students. For the past three years, I've endured an experience which many disabled students in this country have faced. Many like me have a bitter taste in their mouth regarding how we have been treated.

I chose to study an online history degree at the University of Birmingham because I worked full-time shifts - like many working-class people, I was unable to attend university in person. I thought it was the right choice for me. How wrong I was. Because I have dyslexia, I needed extra help with writing essays.

Universities in the UK now use private contractors to provide disability support. They will inform you this is to provide appropriate help for disabled students - this is a blatant lie. The University of Birmingham, like the majority of UK universities, use companies such as Clear Links, which seek to make profit from supporting students. This support is paid for by Student Finance England, who pay them millions of pounds of public money. And in my experience they were useless.

I found myself completing course work - without support - which I knew was not up to standard. As a result of going through two months of hell writing the first essay, I informed the history department that I was thinking of withdrawing from the degree. But before I decided to withdraw, I was charged for the second module, before it had even started. By now I had come to realise they had no interest in their students, apart from exploiting them for financial gain - charging extortionate fees for their online degree.

I went through a complaints process with the university, and then with an independent adjudicator. Ultimately, my case was rejected and I found myself unable to get my fees refunded. Because I had withdrawn from the University of Birmingham without being granted 'compassionate personal reasons', I am now unable to get financial support from Student finance England for future studies.

My experience is a clear reflection of how disabled students are treated in our rotten education system. It is not unique or unusual - there are literately tens of thousands of disabled students who have had a similar experience as me - if not far worse. And the underlying reason is that the education system serves capitalism rather than providing genuine education for students (search "What would socialist universities look like?" at socialistparty.org.uk).

Birmingham's vice-chancellor earns 440,000 a year. Meanwhile, the university will not return a measly 3,500 to a student who was treated with contempt. This just shows where universities' priorities are - and it's certainly not providing education for their students.

Donate to the Socialist Party

Finance appeal

The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

  • The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
  • We must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to donate to our Fighting Fund.

Please donate here.

All payments are made through a secure server.

My donation

 

Your message: 

 


In The Socialist 21 October 2020:


Lockdown

Health before profit - Work or full pay

Wales 'firebreak' lockdown fails to protect workers

Liverpool lockdown: suspicion and anger

Newcastle lockdown: stress and breakdowns

Leicester lockdown: disillusionment and anger


Unison

Why the Socialist Party is backing Hugo Pierre for Unison general secretary


International

Nigeria protests: 'This movement needs to fight the whole rotten capitalist system'

Horrific murder in Paris: fight intolerance and racism!

South Africa: Mass day of action for permanent jobs and a living wage


News

Tories reduce winter homeless funding: reverse the cuts,use the empty homes!

World capitalism's terrified strategists abandon austerity - for now


Coronavirus

Test and Trace U-turn on stopping local case reporting

Oxbridge gets private Covid tests: pool resources to test us all!

Millennials disillusioned with 'democracy'

Under the microscope


Workplace

RMT: Programme to fight redundancies and cuts

Action on Covid transmission in schools now

FCC dismiss Unison activist Tony Smith

Optare workers strike over pay broken 'promise'

Solidarity with Deliveroo Couriers in York


Campaigns

NHS workers

Students: Give us our money back

Fight for your future at the online rally

Southampton: Coxford community condemns racist attack

Socialism 2020: Will you help our finance appeal?

Selling the Socialist: increase in NHS anger

Truth about Zane: Cover-up Tories crack

Kent: Chaotic privatised asylum process

Teignmouth hospital closure threat ... again!


Readers' opinion

Books that inspired me: For Whom the Bell Tolls

Beware the billionaires bearing gifts

Disabled students let down by "rotten education system"

The Socialist Inbox


 

Home   |   The Socialist 21 October 2020   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Disabled:

triangleThe struggle for accessible workplaces and an inclusive society

triangleLeeds taxi drivers and disabled passengers unite to fight station changes

triangleCapitalism discriminates against us - Disabled people fighting for our rights

triangleNews in brief

triangleTV review: The Hidden Story of Disabled Britain

Students:

triangleSupport uni workers' walk-out on pay and pensions

triangleEnd sexism and violence against women

triangleLondon MPs' second home swindle while workers and students struggle

triangleUniversity bosses' pay piles up while workers are forced to strike

Education:

triangleSchool staff need a pay rise

triangleStrategy needed to bring members together to take national action

triangleTories threaten arts students: we are prepared to fight back!

University:

triangleUniversity workers vote for action in two disputes

triangleFighting sexism and harassment, and for a safe night out

Universities:

triangleScrap tuition fees - end university marketization

Student:

triangleYouth Fight for Jobs - why we're marching on 9 October

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

24/11/21

Tesco

Tesco warehouse workers ballot for strike action

24/11/21

Higher Education

Support uni workers' walk-out on pay and pensions

24/11/21

London

RMT to strike in night-tube dispute

24/11/21

Hackney

Victory! Hackney children's centres saved

24/11/21

Socialism 2021

Socialism 2021: A steely determination to change society

24/11/21

Socialist

Selling the Socialist

24/11/21

Cuts

Northampton: Phoney consultation to mask cuts

24/11/21

Cuts

Slough: Adult service cuts will leave vulnerable homeless

24/11/21

Newham

Newham: Durning Hall - another shameful act of Labour gentrification

24/11/21

Council

West Sussex: Payouts for council bosses, cuts for us

24/11/21

Pay

Sage care home workers' pay victory

24/11/21

Pay

Panasonic workers strike against pay freeze

24/11/21

Midwives

Midwives march against unsafe staffing and for adequate funding

17/11/21

Birmingham

Birmingham People's Budget

17/11/21

South Wales

Stagecoach drivers win 10.50 an hour

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: [email protected]

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 079 8202 1969

East Mids: 077 3797 8057

London: 075 4018 9052

North East: 078 4114 4890

North West 079 5437 6096

South West: 077 5979 6478

Southern: 078 3368 1910

Wales: 077 7221 5281

West Mids: 024 7655 5620

Yorkshire: 078 0983 9793

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


November 2021

October 2021

September 2021

August 2021

July 2021

June 2021

May 2021

April 2021

March 2021

February 2021

January 2021

2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999