Dr Richard Simpson MSP signs a petition to reinstate 140,000 college places

The Mid Scotland and Fife MSP, Dr Richard Simpson is one of the 905 supporters of the petition created by a 21 year old student from Glasgow condemning the Scottish Government for their cuts to college places since they came into power.

Eunis Jassemi-Zargani has created the petition which 500 people have signed in the first 24 hour sine it was launched on 11 July 2015.

Official statistics show 238,399 students enrolled in colleges in 2013/14 compared to 379,233 in 2007/08.

Edinburgh College decreased places from 37,500 in 2010-11 to 23,000 in 2013-14.

Fife College has to cut places for the upcoming academic year. Student numbers are set to drop by 3,610 between 2014/15 and 2015/16 with part time study dropping by 3,638 students.
Part time places are mostly affected by these cuts, which are favoured by many mothers trying to find a route back to employment after having children.
Colleges and staff across the country have to take the burden of these cuts.

Eunis Jassemi-Zargani will submit this petition to the First Minister later this summer.

Dr Richard Simpson MSP said:

“Further education plays a vital role in our society and the SNP Government has failed students across Scotland by just concentrating on Universities and forgetting about those who rely on College education.

“Women seeking to balance family work and seeking up skilling are most affected as are those who have to work to make ends meet and still want to up skill.

“For many young adults college is a second chance that the SNP has decided should be denied them. The SNP have also cut student bursaries.

“These cuts are a disgrace and simply unacceptable. The SNP Government should be ashamed of taking peoples’ opportunities to access education.

“I hope people will join me in supporting this petition as it is vital that we reinstate the 140,000 college places axed by the SNP.”


You can find the link to the petition here.