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- Thousands of students expected to march for free education on November 4th
- Route of major national demonstration announced: passes Parliament, Home Office and BIS
- Students link campaign to Corbyn leadership victory
Organisers have today announced the final route for a national student demonstration taking place on November 4th. Thousands are expected to march – and last year’s demonstration saw 10,000 take part. It is backed by the National Union of Students.
Students are hoping to link their campaign to the Corbyn surge, and to boost turnout and impact with the support of the Labour leader.
The demonstration has been called by the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts and will call for free education and full living grants for all students. More immediately, the demonstration is responding to the government’s announcement that maintenance grants will be cut from 2016. In passing the Home Office, the demonstration will also demand an end to the scapegoating and deportation of international students and for more support for refugees.
Callum Cant, from the NCAFC national committee, said: “Attacking maintenance grants puts the poorest student in the most debt, and if implemented this policy will do irreparable social damage. On November 4th, we’ll be marching on BIS, which is the headquarters for this attack on education. Until they make a u-turn on this disgusting policy, students will apply more and more pressure.”
Sahaya James, a member of the NUS National Executive, said: “With the magnitude of attacks facing further and adult education, FE as we know it could be all but lost by 2020. But where’s the fightback? With 5 years of the Tories ahead of us and a further assault on student funding with the scrapping of maintenance grants to accompany the already lost EMA, education is set to become ever more exclusive and free of diversity. Now is the time for FE students to lead the fight for a free, accessible and liberated education.”
Alasdair Clark, Vice President Education at Fife College said: “This will give us an opportunity to show our collective strength to the Westminster government but also the one in Holyrood too. Scottish students demonstrated in force earlier this year to try to prevent the deportation of Majid Ali, a student at City of Glasgow College. We are determind to take the fight against all deportations to a national level by demonstrating at the seat of power.”