Friday, 2 September 2011
OU against the cuts
I wish to bring attention to OU activists, Open University students and academics standing against the government's budget cuts, privatizations and extortionate rises in tuition fees in public education. The Open University is only one of so many institutions affected, and is resisting, protesting and occupying against them accordingly. When universities across the country are being permitted to raise their fees to £9,000 a year, the OU are raising their own to £5,000, significantly less compared but still more than the indebtedness to students prior to the infliction of the government's agendas. While only being unconventional as a university in terms of not having a specific physical location, the Open University does provide opportunities in alleviation of the country's inequalities in a highly universal and meritocratic principle. While the state's attack on all public education must be defeated, this is why such assault on the OU is so particularly contemptible.