Premature school opening puts COVID recovery at risk

Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlined the “roadmap” out of lockdown for England on Monday (22 February 2021), with an idea of when pubs, cinemas, sporting events and non essential shops would be opened. However many are concerned at the opening of schools as early as the 8th of March. Johnson put forward his 4 step plan for England to the House of Commons, with the first step being schools opening early next month.

Gavin Williamson’s “free speech” idea for universities hurts BAME and LGBT+

Gavin Williamson, the MP for education, has uploaded a 42-page paper on free speech at universities titled, “Higher Education: free speech and academic freedom.”… As a result of this, a “Free Speech Champion in the Office for Students” will be established.

International Day of Education: WFDY calls for students to fight for their rights

The World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY) celebrated the International Day of Education by highlighting the analysis and demands for education made during WFDY’s 20th General Assembly held in Cyprus at the end of 2019. You can read the full resolution below.

CP: collective action can beat Tory government & bad bosses

The Communist Party has issued the January edition of its news sheet Unity! focusing on the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rolls Royce workers win, Brexit, student occupations, the upcoming CP trade union aggregate and plans for the YCL centenary.

YCL: “fight against Tories & SNP goes hand in hand with the fight against COVID-19”

The Young Communist League has issued an updated statement on the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic in response to the massive increase in deaths and new infections and the government’s total failure to battle the crisis.

Turkish students clash with police over state interference in education

Since the new year, Istanbul’s University campuses have become a battleground of violent clashes between students and police. The protests were sparked by President Tayyip Erdogan’s appointment of Melih Bulu, an active member of Turkey’s ruling AKP party, as new rector of the prestigious Boğaziçi University by presidential decree.

Students resist riot police in Lebanon

On the students’ “Day of Rage” Lebanese students clashed with riot police in Beirut outside of the American University of Beirut (AUB) with tear gas being fired at the students, who responded by throwing bottles at riot police. The protest turned confrontation was organised by students as a response to the AUB and another top university in Beirut deciding to massively hike tuition fees in the midst of an economic crisis.

YCL: “UNICEF feed Britain’s children for the first time in history while Tory donors cash in on the pandemic”

The Young Communist League has issued a statement on the news that for the first time in history, UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, have been forced to intervene to help feed hungry children in Britain this winter.