Condemnation for the Coalition's attack on the aspiration of our children
- Published on Wednesday, 12 September 2012 11:54
- Posted by Vicki Mitchem
The NASUWT, the largest teachers' union, has today warned that the Coalition Government's austerity programme risks making educational opportunity the preserve of the rich.
Moving a motion at TUC Congress in Brighton, the NASUWT has called for an end to the attack on aspiration being brought about by the Coalition Government's ideological programme of cuts, privatisation and reform of the education system.
Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:
"In the middle of the worst economic downturn in the last sixty years, the future social and economic prospects of our society depend upon the work of teachers, lecturers and support staff in schools and colleges.
"Our prospects depend upon a state education service that supports all learners to make the most of their skills, talents and potential and strives to transform the life chances of all children and young people.
"The Government's education, social and economic policies are stifling rather than supporting the aspiration and entitlement of working class children and young people.
"Teachers, lecturers and their unions will not stand by and let this Government destroy state education.
"Later this month, NASUWT and NUT members will be taking escalated industrial action to protect the professional working conditions, pay, pensions and jobs needed to deliver world class education for every pupil in the country.
"Our state education system is too precious to allow it to be wrecked by Government ministers driven by ideology, and determined to recreate what they consider was a golden age when working people knew their place, when death and injury at work were considered merely an occupational hazard and when education was for the few, not for all."