In 4 days time I will be marching through London’s city center, in protest against the recent proposals made in the HE White paper: to significantly cut funding to Universities and thus forcing them to demand treble the amount in tuition fees. As I myself have entered into the world of Higher Education, I am currently witnessing the development of a terrible restructuring of Britain’s University system. Over the past 10 years, tuition fees have trebled, three times, and it isn’t forecasted to stop any time soon.
The privatization of universities will ultimately lead to an even clearer division between the upper and lower classes; we will revert back into a society where furthering education is reserved for the elite who can afford it. In the 21st century, are we really going to let our society devolve? Binning all the things our past generations achieved? At my own university, proposals have already been drawn up to cut less ‘profitable’ (but more renowned) departments in favor of those who make more money – regardless of how ‘good’ these kept departments are.
Everything is being looked at through monetary tinted glasses; universities are becoming businesses and education is now for sale. The most corrupt thing about this all is that it isn’t those who put us into this economic crisis that are paying for their mistakes; since when were the students and academics of the country the root cause of all of our nations debt? Or the NHS, and other public services for that matter? It wasn’t, it never has been, and that is why we must all stand up to our government and demand change. This is supposed to be a democracy; political science and all that jargon aside, we’re supposed to live in a country where we, the people, matter. Unfortunately, as it stands we count for very little; one piece of paper in the ballot box every four years isn’t enough. Apathy simply won’t do, things do not mend themselves, there are no miracles that will fix this one. If you are, or ever have been, a student, then you need to go the the University of London’s Student Union on the 9th of November and march with us all. Has there ever been a time in history where change happened because everyone was sat at home, ignoring what was going on outside? No; if you want something done right, then do it yourself – those men in suits will certainly never do it for us unless we make them.