Willetts must go! Demonstrate on 14 March
February 28, 2012 Leave a comment
Assemble at ULU at 2pm; called by EAN, NCAFC and ULU
David Willetts is bringing chaos to our universities.
Under his new fee regime students will face a lifetime of debt. Despite calls from MPs to delay changes to the university admissions process, he has gone ahead with plans that will favour better off students at entry and force universities into ruthless competition for places with each other. Some universities will go to the wall as a result.
The government wants to drive down costs to make it easier for private companies to feed off public education – this is why staff are fighting to defend their pensions.
Willetts’ plans for higher education are modelled on Andrew Lansley’s plans for the NHS. So far, over 20 000 people have signed a ‘no confidence’ motion in Willetts. The withdrawal of his Higher Education Bill shows that even the government lacks confidence in him. The National Union of Students has called for a national day of walk-outs on 14 March. This is an opportunity for staff and students to rally to the defence of our education. The government is vulnerable to pressure – now it’s time for all those who are opposed to the marketisation of education to call for Willetts to go.