****PRESS RELEASE**** TUITION FEE VOTE: STUDENTS CALL NATIONAL DEMONSTRATION BACKED BY MOMENTUM

TUITION FEE VOTE: STUDENTS CALL NATIONAL DEMONSTRATION BACKED BY MOMENTUM

  • Government defeated over raising of tuition fee cap in Westminster vote
  • Mass student coalition calls national demonstration demanding scrapping of tuition fees
  • Momentum backs demonstration, and will “mobilise up and down the country”

In the wake of the government defeat on tuition fees, the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts (NCAFC), a grassroots student organisation which was founded during the 2010 student protests and organised student demonstrations in recent years, has called a major demonstration to demand the abolition of tuition fees.

Momentum is actively mobilising for the demonstration, which will take place on November 15th in central London. Organisers expect tens of thousands of students to take to the streets.

Students are seeking to capitalise on the division between the Tories and the DUP to advance a radical agenda of free education. The demonstration will also call for an end to the cuts and job losses in the sector.

Momentum will be organising up and down the country to ensure thousands of students and young people turn out on November 15th”, said Sahaya James, a member of Momentum’s National Coordinating Group. “A generation of people are being sold out by a minority government with vanishing credibility. Momentum has changed the electoral map; we will help change the consensus that maintains university as a luxury for the rich.

We refuse to lie down in the face of the relentless attacks on education”, said Hansika Jethnani, a NCAFC organiser and member of the National Union of Students’ National Executive Committee. “Tuition fees are fundamentally illegitimate – education is a public good not a product, and it should be funded publicly, paid for by taxing the rich. The orthodoxy that students should be charged more and more has been shattered.

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NOTES

  1. For more information please ring ANDY WARREN on 07752 640847 and ANABEL BENNETT on 07807 465498
  2. The National Campaign Against Fees & Cuts is a network of student and education worker activists, founded in 2010. Since then, the NCAFC has helped activists on campuses up and down the country organise direct action against tuition fees, education cuts and wider cuts to public services. The NCAFC has played an integral role in the movement that developed from November 10th 2010 following the occupation of Millbank Tower, calling several national days of action that mobilised hundreds of thousands of students. We have organised several of the largest national demonstrations in recent years. In November 2011, we organised a national demonstration against the government’s higher education white paper, bringing 10,000 students to the streets of London. In November 2014 and the subsequent year, we led the mobilisation of another demonstration of 10,000 students, marching for free education. We were the driving force behind the NUS’ boycott of the National Student Survey this spring.

 

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