London Student

Thousands of students expected to march for free education

Photo: Marie Segger

This Wednesday, thousands of students are expected to march in support of National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts’ fight for free higher education.

The ‘Free Education Now – Tax The Rich’ protest will call for the scrapping of tuition fees, an end to campus cuts and living grants for all.

Motivated by the General Election results, which saw an unexpected swell in support for the Labour Party, National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts (NCAFC) are determined to make free education “a reality”. The Labour Party’s official manifesto included a pledge to scrap tuition fees.

Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party and John McDonnell MP, Shadow Chancellor, have given their personal support to NCAFC.

With the support of over 50 campuses, this demonstration is expected to be one of the biggest student marches since 2010, when students marched against an increase of the cap on tuition fees by the Coalition Government

Student and university groups from across the UK have been utilising social media extensively for the campaign. Facebook event pages have been created for each student and university group attending. Several bloc groups, including Postgrad Bloc, Disabled Students’ Bloc, Queer Bloc, Rent Strike Bloc, have also created their own Facebook events.

To develop support for NCAFC, representatives of the campaign have been touring the country to give speaker events at various universities.

The London protest is taking place from 1pm – 5pm starting at Malet Street, Bloomsbury.