Hundreds sign student’s petition

Online petition: Student Eunis Jassemi is angry at cuts to higher education.  Picture Roberto Cavieres.

Online petition: Student Eunis Jassemi is angry at cuts to higher education. Picture Roberto Cavieres.

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A young Bearsden business studies student has set up an online petition to campaign against cuts to Higher education.

Eunis Jassemi (21) was so disgusted by what he believes the SNP government has done to further education that he now plans to send his petition to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon when he gets 5,000 signatories. In the last two weeks almost 1,300 have signed up.

He said: “We condemn the SNP led Government for cutting over 140,000 college places since they came to power. Because of these cuts, large cities and towns like Glasgow and Cumbernauld have borne the brunt of the cuts.

“The SNP imposed cuts have had a disproportionate effect on women - women who are trying to find a course to create a better life for themselves and for their family. Many of these courses are part-time; women are more likely to need part-time courses as a route back into employment after having children, a point supported by the Scottish Funding Council. But the Scottish Government has tried to justify the fall in numbers by describing many as ‘hobby courses’. What a disgrace.”

Eunis said that after years of the SNP government cutting college funding, he had had enough, adding: “After talking to students in college and those who are desperately trying to get into college, I realised something had to change.”

A Scottish Government spokesperson defended their track record, saying: “In each of the last three years, we have exceeded our target to maintain the number of full time equivalent students.

“Since 2008/09 a third more students have completed full time courses leading to qualifications, there have been an increases in female, younger and older full-time students, and we have made courses that improve a student’s employability, our focus, with the average hours of education a student receives increasing from 250 to almost 400 under this government.”