- Wednesday, 19 September 2012
- Written by Matt Wood, UAL Marxists
A clearing house for students displaced by the university’s visa fiasco will include six private colleges in a total of 14 institutions. In keeping with its general policy of favouring business over the needs of ordinary people, the government now gets to offer a subsidy in the form of the tuition fees of over 2,000 overseas students.
With term almost upon us students are desperately trying to find a place, and it is clear who is benefiting. The rush towards the marketisation of education continues apace, no doubt attracting many unscrupulous organisations out to make a quick buck in the process. The timing of the UK Borders Agency’s attack on students is certainly not accidental: it leaves as little time as possible for chaos to be averted.
On the Today programme on 14/09/2012 an Indian student, with six months left to completion of his course, told how he is being asked to pay the full fee for another year of tuition, which he does not need. There have also been tales of people having to pay to hand in completed MA dissertations. The government is not interested in these stories and university management is adapting to the new normal of profit before education. London Met is the first experiment of many in market involvement in higher education, and it will not be stopped without the organised resistance of students and the working class.
Militant Student supporters have organised Marxist Societies around the country, and in London established societies will be meeting weekly in ULU, UCL, Queen Mary’s and UAL. The school student union in London is also lending its support. We will be organising a solidarity campaign at these universities and calling on their student unions to take a lead.
- No to deportation! End all immigration caps!
- No to privatisation of Higher Education
- No cuts!
- No fees! Reintroduce grants for all!
- Nationalise the banking system and the commanding heights of the economy to end capitalist anarchy in education and society. For a socialist plan of production to end youth unemployment