Reports and Campaigns

spotAbout the Socialist Party

spotAnti-capitalism

spotAnti-privatisation

spotAnti-war

spotElection campaigns

spotEnvironment

spotHealth

spotSocialist women

spotWorkplace

spotYouth and Students

All keywords


Education keywords:

Academies (166)

Classroom assistants (8)

College (216)

Colleges (76)

Council (1902)

Education (978)

ESOL (5)

Free Schools (16)

Grant (31)

Higher Education (54)

Medway (12)

Ofsted (13)

Performance (29)

Performance-related (6)

SATs (23)

School (482)

Schools (354)

Students (1077)

Teachers (439)

Teaching assistants (19)

Universities (122)


Reports and campaigns:

Anti-capitalism (1258)

Anti-fascist (563)

Anti-racism (706)

Anti-war (1508)

Asylum (217)

Black and Asian (397)

Children (388)

CNWP (108)

Corporate crime (2)

Disability (202)

Education (3983)

Election campaigns (2480)

Environment (613)

EU (455)

Finance (104)

Food (272)

Health and safety (36)

Health and welfare (317)

Housing (1060)

Human Rights (386)

LGBT Pride (143)

Local government (2209)

Local services (3691)

Low pay (515)

Migration (57)

Nationalisation (150)

New workers party (470)

NHS (1874)

Pensions (708)

Post Office (223)

Poverty (583)

Privatisation (1035)

Public Services (1153)

Socialism (887)

Socialist (45)

Sport (199)

Stop the slaughter of Tamils (94)

Students (1855)

The state (1380)

Transport (559)

TUSC (1003)

Welfare rights (723)

Women (778)

Workplace and TU campaigns (8351)

Youth (1985)

Related websites

Youth Fight For Jobs

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

National Shop Stewards Network

Tamil Solidarity


Highlight keywords  |Print this articlePrint this article
From: The Socialist issue 914, 31 August 2016: #KeepCorbyn: For a party that fights for workers

Search site for keywords: Education - Student - Working class - Cuts - Austerity - Socialist Students - Students - Debt - Government - University - Schools - College - Universities - Academies - Free Schools - Youth - Higher Education - Young people

Join the student fightback to end education cuts and austerity

Students marching, London 4.11.15, photo Scott Jones

Students marching, London 4.11.15, photo Scott Jones   (Click to enlarge)

As the new academic term begins, students at schools, college and universities around the country face a year of important struggles. Here two young people comment on some of the difficulties facing working class students.

Alice Murray, school student

There are many things that anger students in the current economic crisis. However, more recent betrayals have really hit home for this generation.

Cuts to education have affected us dramatically, for instance the range of subjects have become extremely limited. Vocational subjects that allow students who don't excel academically to gain useful skills have been cut.

One of the reasons for this is that teachers are being made redundant; many of my peers have been told that they're unable to pursue their interests in child development, health and social care and performing arts, all because of vicious cuts. Now our schools are gradually becoming academies. They're transforming into businesses discriminating against the poor - even the food is now extortionate.

Another aspect of the government's attacks that directly affects our generation is exam grade boundaries. The increase of these makes it almost impossible to achieve good grades.

This becomes a class issue when privately educated students are privileged with small classes, well paid qualified teachers and better equipment. This means they achieve high grades bringing up school averages and therefore grade boundaries, keeping the working class out of university and well paid jobs.

These are only a few of the many attacks that especially target the younger generations and the struggle posed by the Tory government's austerity.


The destruction of the working class student

Mark Attwood, student

I'm 18 and about to start a bachelor's degree, which really should help me achieve my goals and dreams in life, right? However, after my degree I will also be in over 50,000 of debt just like hundreds of thousands of other students. This is unacceptable.

An investment in your future should mean you definitely have one worth investing in. But the reality is I could go to university, study solidly for years, and come out feeling like Aristotle, but it will never guarantee me the good future I worked hard for. Therefore I think it's perfectly acceptable to say that higher education is not worth even close to 9,000 a year.

Students are the future of this 'great' country, and should be entitled to a high standard of education without putting them in over 50,000 worth of debt. Even if they do end up one of the lucky ones with a pretty big salary, they have to pay even more for an education that was probably still not worth it.

With only an average of ten or eleven hours of lectures a week, I highly doubt there are students out there feeling liberated knowing they spent 9,000 annually.

And with the addition of some universities raising their fee to 9,250 a year, working class students and working class families can rarely afford this huge amount of debt - it is entirely discouraging. I have seen this first-hand with most of my friends, who do not see the point in going to university.

For all we know, they could be the next Picasso, or the next Mozart. The government values the profits of companies and war over the futures of coming generations. I find this utterly mind boggling, as a socialist. Britain spends 60 million on machines of death which could be spent on better things, like the NHS or housing and helping the homeless.

For the solution to this madness we need leaders who can put their foot down and turn away from big businesses looking to fill their greed-meters, and say: "The future belongs to the young". We must ensure that everyone, from every background and every corner of society can enjoy an education packed with opportunity and discovery, without having to worry about any debt.


We demand:

  • An end to education cuts
  • No to academies and 'free schools'
  • Abolish fees and introduce grants including EMA
  • No to austerity and racism
  • For a mass socialist party of youth and workers

Socialist Students

Socialist students logo

Socialist students logo







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: info@socialistparty.org.uk

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

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0191 421 6230

North West 07769 611 320

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


February 2018

January 2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999