NUT: The fragmentation and privatisation of our education system is a disaster

Commenting after the debate on Motion 40 ?The Government?, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers union said;

In the short time this Coalition Government has been in power it has wreaked havoc with our education system, plunged more families into poverty and put higher and further education out of the reach of many.

A recent YouGov survey commissioned by the NUT showed that teachers? morale had worsened over the last two years. I am sure this is the case for huge swathes of the country.

The Government needs to urgently address issues of youth unemployment. It has a massively demoralising effect on communities. The Education Maintenance Allowance needs to be restored to its full value. Failure to do so is simply pricing the most disadvantaged young people out of education, as does higher tuition fees.

The fragmentation and privatisation of our education system is a disaster for any coherent planning in our schools and for achieving a good local school for every child.

We are very obviously not all in this together. We need to see Government initiatives and polices that address all in society not just those at the top?.

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