Education Bill will affect students

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I WAS saddened to watch on TV the Con-Dem Coalition pass the Education Bill in the House of Commons.

Much media attention has been focused on the activities of a few anarchist-inclined students in Oxford Street, Whitehall, and Parliament Square.

However, the passing of the Education Bill will have big effects on the future of many students who are or will be attending the Isle Campus in Wisbech.

The Education Bill includes a clause in which the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) will be abolished from the summer of 2011.

EMA, worth up to £30 a week, helps students aged 16 to 19 from poorer backgrounds attend Further Education colleges such as the Isle Campus.

While it may be possible for a few of these students to make up the loss of the EMA by getting a Saturday or evening job, competition for such jobs is intense.

The Con-Dem Coalition says the cuts in education spending, including the abolition of EMA, are necessary because of the deficit in public finances.

However, the deficit was caused by the previous New Labour administration having to bail out the banks to prevent the collapse of the capitalist financial system.

This crisis of capitalism is something all students, no matter whether they attend the Isle Campus, the Wisbech Grammar School, or university, should study and discuss.


Kingsley Avenue