education

Students tell Pyne where to stick bill

Students rallied across the country on August 19 to protest education minister Christopher Pyne's third attempt to introduce a fee deregulation bill.

Tony Abbott’s government has twice failed to pass fee deregulation, which could allow fees in excess of $100,000 for students. The bill has not yet been put for a third time, but Pyne is determined to pass it.

More than 80 people rallied at the Sydney University protest, called by the National Union of Students, to oppose deregulation, defend current degrees and oppose all course and job cuts.

Perth Protest Against Fee Deregulation

Perth Protest Against Fee Deregulation

Wednesday, August 19 at 2:00pm
Forrest Chase Mall
Forrest Place, Perth WA, Perth, Western Australia 6000

Organised by NUS West

https://www.facebook.com/events/378017155725112/

Event date: 
Wed, 19/08/2015 - 2:00pm

In Brief

Students say ‘Resign Pyne’

About 100 people protested outside the Melbourne launch of federal education minister Christopher Pyne’s new book, A Letter to My Children, on July 31.

The day before, Pyne had been chased off La Trobe University by students chanting, "Pyne the Minister. Can he fix it? No he can’t.”

The protest was called to draw attention to Pyne's ongoing attempts to deregulate university fees. This would condemn future students to pay much higher fees to gain a tertiary education.

Staff and students vow a fightback to cutbacks at University of Sydney

The Sydney University National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) organised a rally in trying weather conditions on Wednesday 5th August. They were joined by lively contingents from the Student Representative Council, Sydney University Postgrad Student Association, Socialist Alliance, Socialist Alternative, Greens members and staff from a variety of departments.

Kyol Blakney, SRC president gave an acknowledgement of country and condemned the corporatism of universities.

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Puerto Rico: Billionaire hedge fund managers demand schools close to pay debt

“Billionaire hedge fund managers have called on Puerto Rico to lay off teachers and close schools so that the island can pay them back the billions it owes,” the Guardian said on July 28 on the debt crisis facing the United States' Caribbean colony.

Graduates rack up huge debts to go on the dole

When Gough Whitlam’s Labor government abolished university fees in January 1974, student enrolments had already been increasing at double the population growth for two decades.

In 1985, three years before Bob Hawke’s Labor government abolished free tertiary education and brought in the Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS), it had decided to develop the full-fee international marketing of education as an export industry.

Progressive Cinema and NTEU UNE present IVORY TOWER

At Kent house, 142 Faulkner Street, Arrmidale, community dinner from 7:30pm.

This 2014 documentary by Andrew Rossi examines the factors threatening to bring down America’s once highly envied higher education system.

One commentator claims that the decline of American higher education started in the 1970s when students had the rug pulled from under them by the shift in policy ‘from seeing education as a public good to seeing it exclusively as a private good’.

Event date: 
Fri, 21/08/2015 - 6:00pm
Event time: 
Fri, 21/08/2015 - 6:00pm
Phone: 
Bea 0458 752 680

Silent protest against being silenced by Border Force Act

"Shamed", "human", "citizen".

These were some of the labels people wrote across their mouths at the silent protest in Perth against the chilling effects of the new Border Force Act.

One year later, Gaza rebuilding blocked

One year ago, on July 7, 2014, Israel began an assault on the Gaza Strip that would last 51 days.

While a permanent ceasefire was brokered between Hamas and Israel on August 26, physical safety and freedom of movement continues to be denied to the people of Gaza. The already rapid deterioration of the economy and infrastructure was only hastened by the seven weeks of aerial bombardment.

The Aboriginal community continues its push towards education

A report undertaken by the Department of Education and Training shows that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students made up 1.1% of the total higher education enrolments across Australia last year. There were a total of 12,730 Aboriginal students, up from 11,684 students, a 9% jump from 2013.

According to Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Incorporated, the Gunditjmara Languages Program at Heywood and Districts Secondary College has been running for three years now, and received positive feedback from Year 7 and Year 8 students.

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