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March for education on 10 November

by Mark Bergfeld, NUS national executive committee
Issue No. 2223

Many students will have been shocked to see that the Liberal Democrats leaders have abandoned their pledge to oppose a rise in tuition fees.

For years the Lib Dems pretended to be progressive on education. Now their cover has been blown.

After waves of privatisation, students face huge cuts, the scrapping of the Education Maintenance Allowance for college students and a big rise in tuition fees.

Under Lord Browne’s plans, graduates with an average income of £27,000 will be hit hardest as they pay back more than their contemporaries.

This is because they repay the loan over a longer period, accumulating more interest than those on higher incomes.

Meanwhile students with wealthy parents who pay the fees upfront will save up to £12,000.

Students are now redoubling their efforts to mobilise for the National Union of Students (NUS) and UCU lecturers’ union national demonstration against attacks on education.

The protest will take place in central London on Wednesday 10 November.

The demonstration is a big leap forward for the NUS, which called its last demonstration in 2006 and has shied away from working with the UCU in the past.

The TUC also backs the demonstration.

Battles at King’s College, London, Leeds, Sussex and other places showed that we can fight and win.

The protest will be the first national demonstration after next week’s spending review, and the start of the fight to take back our education.

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