★ ISM - UK
Students Occupy Public Hearing
to Resist Hike in Tuition Fees
Students occupied a public hearing in central Taiwan organised by the National Academy for Educational Research (NAER). They protested a draft published by NAER suggesting increases in tuition fees: 5-10% for public universities and 5% for private universities. Activists on the ground announced to continue with protests and also occupy the next public hearings in Northern and Southern Taiwan unless the government confirms not to increase fees!
The struggle against (increasing) tuition fees has been going on for the past few months. Already on March 26th protesters gathered in front of the Ministry of Education in Taipei. [report: ism-global.net]
Activists also rallied at the National Taiwan Normal University for the Global Day of Action to Reclaim Education - Direct Democracy NOW! on October 18th. [report: ism-global.net]
Sri Lanka, Sept. 24-28th:
Long Marches for Free Education
For months lecturers in Sri Lanka have been on strike in the struggle for proper funding of public education. On August 29th thousands already took to the streets of Colombo and clashed with riot police. For details on the aims of the protests as well as pictures of that day check out ism-global.net.
For five days (Sept 24-28th) thousands of students, lecturers, parents and others took part in two long marches for free education. Each march covered a distance 120km. One march, which was organised by the Inter-University Student Federation (IUSF) among others, departed from city of Kandy. The other march, which was organised by the Federation of University Teachers Associations (FUTA) among others, began in Galle. Both headed to Colombo and ended in a huge rally.
Check out the video below.
Take a look at this video in english:
Protests against new 'Higher Education Act'
Therefore this new bill on higher education is part of the whole process, which increases the privatization and commercialization of education even further. A process that can be observed around the world and that makes common efforts in the struggle for free emancipatory education more necessary than ever. After all education is the basis for the emancipation of the individual as well as society at large and therefore should be considered a fundamental right.
Strikes at Universities in Greece
The following email was sent to the mailing list of the Edu-Factory collective on September 21st 2012:
During the past weeks there has been a wave of faculty strikes in Greek Universities. These are the reasons for the protests:
against Commercialisation of Education
In the struggle against (tuition) fees as well as the increasing commercialisation of education in general students at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), in the capital Manila, decided to shut down the institution for a week (Sept.17-21).
Activities during the strike are also directed against 40 years of martial law. Although there's currently no legal declaration of a state of martial law, military tactics and operations frequently include measures such as forced disappearances, warrantless arrests and extra-judicial executions, especially in areas outside cities. Nowadays most of the victims of such military operations are farmers, tribal leaders, and environmentalists who oppose the operations of mining companies in their villages.
On Tuesday a huge flashmob was organised on the PUP campus.
Students at the University of the Philippines (UP), also in Manila, joined the strike for a day on Wednesday. And also at other colleges and universities people arranged protest activities in solidarity, but also to connect to the struggle.
The week of action will reach its peak on Friday (Sept.21), which will see a mass mobilisation for a protest rally in Mendiola Street.