- Posted March 4, 2010 by
London, United Kingdom
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Schools in trouble
Protest and Occupation at University of Westminster, London
"Education is a right, when they say cuts, we say fight!"
This slogan was chanted by almost 200 students and activists in front of Regent Campus of University of Westminster in London on 2nd of March.
Fight the Cuts campaign is a reaction to the poor financial management by the University, leading to job cuts and deterioration of services, including the highly important IT support and overall infrastructure.
While the University declared £ 7 million profit for the last year, it appears that in fact there is a deficit of a few hundred thousand pounds, and instead of revising budgets, the University went ahead with the remodeling of Regent Campus's old cinema. As lecturers and staff face being let go, there are wide screens and video games available in Cavendish Campus, and there's no explanation why funds are being used for recreation instead for supporting the education process.
Security staff was mobilized in front of Regent Campus to prevent the protesters to get inside of the building, yet students who wre already in took on the protest and occupied many rooms. The official Westminster site did not mention anything about the action, and the Student Union wasn't anytwhere to be seen.
As sudents are about to pay double yearly tuition from next year on, they ask where their money go. The following opinions could be heard:
"Without education people become dumber and consequently act it, leading to crime, poverty and the proliferation of stupid ideas like "global warming isn't real" "contraception doesn't work" and a host of half assed conspiracy's that don't make any sense when looked at in an educated light."
From London, Bobby Pfeiffer.