Manifesto for education

Submitted by Daniel_Randall on 24 September, 2004 - 12:00

With the General Election approaching, ENS will be developing a Manifesto for Education as a focus for campaigning against the Government.

The manifesto, which will be developed over the next months, will include demands like:

l Tax the rich and business to fund expansion of education at every level.

l No to privatisation and marketisation, from top-up fees to private contractors running halls of residence. An education system organised for people not profit.

l Abolish all fees; a living wage, non-means-tested living grant, or equivalent benefit for every student.

l Abolish hidden course costs and charges, oppose rent rises, campaign for rent control.

l From school to college to university, all institutions should be run democratically by accountable representatives of staff, students and the community, not the commissars of business.

The manifesto will also include details of a campaigning strategy to win these demands — from local direct action (demonstrations, occupations, rent strikes) to stop colleges implementing top-up fees to national action to put the maximum political pressure on the Government.

If the National Union of Students (NUS) won’t lead this action — and the signs are not good — then activists on the ground need to get organised to make it happen.

For more information or to get involved in producing the manifesto, email info@free-education.org

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