Students set their pace on funding policy

May 12, 1995

The inaccuracies and distortion of fact in "Follow my Labour" must be corrected.

The NUS debate over education funding will be open and controversial. It is however, disappointing that your journalists choose to listen to the small and embittered student factions, Socialist Worker and Left Unity, who oppose the review and who want to turn the clock back to 1979.

The overwhelming majority of student unions want the review and want to ensure NUS takes the lead in the debate over funding rather than following any political party.

NUS, on the mandate of student unions, has produced a policy review document, which examines every option for education funding against five objectives, namely to alleviate student hardship, to increase access, to ensure equality for part-time and full-time students, to bridge the inequalities between funding for further and higher education, and to enhance quality.

These objectives were set by the student unions at NUS conference, and not by the Labour Party.

We are determined that the outcome of our policy review is student-centred and therefore best placed to influence the outcome of political parties currently conducting their own reviews of education funding, rather than simply remaining in a reactive position anxiously awaiting their reviews.

Jim Murphy National president National Union of Students

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