Letter: Let's push for equality

April 6, 2001

 Now that the prime minister is to delay the general election beyond May 3, there is an opportunity to put our stamp on campaigning.

Students and teaching staff are central to the political vision of all parties and as educators we have a duty to speak out on issues of equality. This week we wrote to each of the education spokespeople urging them to commit to the abolition of Section 28 when manifestos are published.

In Scotland, teachers, academics and students played a vital role in the campaign to abolish this pernicious piece of legislation.

On asylum issues, sexism and equal pay, access for disabled people and homophobia, we can make a significant difference. It is time we made our views known to politicians.

David Triesman
General secretary
Association of University Teachers

Owain James
National Union of Students    

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