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NUT back NUS demo - "Educate, Employ, Empower"

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Commenting on the National Union of Students’ day of action, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

“The NUS is right. Young people are at the sharp end of the coalition government’s austerity cuts. Measures such as replacing the Educational Maintenance Allowance and raising tuition fees have led to many being priced out of continuing in education or training post-16.

“Youth unemployment needs to be urgently addressed. Having close to one million young people unemployed is a shocking waste of a generation. We must not limit educational opportunities by placing financial barriers such as tuition fees in the way.

“Our young people are our society’s future.  We need to develop their skills and education for the benefits reaped, not just by themselves but for society as a whole.”


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