I’m not quite on the ball at the moment, so I missed an excellent article by NUS Black Students Officer Bellavia Ribeiro-Addy on Comment is Free this Monday.
Bellavia dissects the government attack on education funding and explains how utterly counter-productive this is to getting the economy back on track and in shape.
Higher fees will not solve the university funding crisis nor facilitate the necessary widening of access to higher education that the wider economy needs. They will just further undermine a vital sector.
Far from the image that some try to portray of irrelevant academics sitting loftily in their ivory towers, higher education is crucial to re-invigorating the British economy. As Nobel prize-winning economist Professor Joseph Stiglitz has said, there need to be “investments in technology, education and infrastructure … such spending will stimulate the economy and create jobs in the short run and promote growth and debt reduction in the long run.”
As argued in a briefing I launched with the Free Education campaign last week, an immediate increase in government investment in higher education would boost the economy at a time when private demand has slumped. Furthermore, far from draining the government’s coffers it would boost them through increased taxes.