Students at New College Nottingham’s High Pavement sixth form college are boycotting lessons this morning in protest at management plans to extend their hours and cram more students onto the site.
Hundreds of protesting students lined the street outside the college carrying placards and chanting. Staff cheered them on from the top windows of the building.
Andrew, one of the protesting students, spoke to Socialist Worker. “New College Nottingham’s managers are completely out of touch,” he said.
“They want to extend our day so that it ends 45 minutes later at 5pm. A lot of students have part time jobs after college and will have no chance of getting to them on time.
“They also want to bring in more students into High Pavement—so even though our hours will be extended we’ll be receiving less learning time overall.”
“We had a pointless meeting with management where they refused to listen to us. That’s when we decided to set up a Facebook group and organise a boycott of college studies.”
Staff at the college are sympathetic to the student action, Andrew added. A delegation of staff came out to meet the protesting students with tea, coffee, flapjacks and pizza.