We asked the candidates for NUS Scotland Vice President (Education) to answer the question:
“If you could only change one thing during your term as Vice President (Education) what would it be?”
Here’s what Robert Foster, candidate for Vice President (Education) said:
If I could change one thing during my term as Vice President Education it would be the inequality in our education system, we all get labels attached to us in education, FE or HE student, vocational or academic student, College or University student, Apprentice, Post Graduate.. and they all come with different standing and "worth" within society.
I want an education system that is free, fair, funded and open to all but most of all I want an education system that doesn't pigeon hole us and force us into believing we can’t achieve our aspirations. No more should women apprentices be forced into caring jobs because being a mechanic is seen as work that only men can do.
The 20% of Scotland's children who are living in poverty are unlikely to see the inside of a University, that's not their fault, the system is broken and doesn't work for those who need it most. Our students who are women, LGBT, disabled, BME have barriers put in front of them before they can even get a foot inside a College or University building, not forgetting the struggles they face if they can actually get a seat at a desk.
Student parents, carers, looked after young people, are among the hardest hit with the biggest challenges to complete their studies, this has to stop, everyone deserves a chance and everyone deserves the support they need. In short, I will change the system, because papering over the cracks in our education system is not an option anymore, its time to tackle the huge inequalities in Scotland's education system so that everyone regardless of circumstance gets the high quality education that we all deserve.
Find out more about why Robert is running for NUS Scotland Vice President (Education) in his video.
Want to hear from the other candidates? Find out what Xander McDade had to say here.
The election for NUS Scotland Vice President (Education) will take place at NUS Scotland Conference on Saturday 22 March 2014. Keep up with all the action at the Conference by following #nusscot14 on Twitter.