first_imgA motion has been tabled for today’s OUSU Council which would allow the student union to tacitly ignore the result of the recent higher education referendum and to continue with their current policy. The referendum was clearly won by the ‘reduce student numbers’ option, and OUSU President Helena Puig Larrauri and President-Elect John Blake have both agreed to change OUSU policy on higher education to reflect this. Yet today’s motion would “permit OUSU officials to interpret the phrase ‘decrease student numbers’ according to their own understanding of it”. The motion goes even further by calling for OUSU’s policy to be clarified as “to campaign for the abolition of tuition fees and the full restoration of maintenance grants, and for the higher education sector to be funded out of progressive general taxation” with no mention of campaigning to reduce the total number of student numbers. Ed Griffiths and Vladimir Gligorov, who framed the motion, claim that “our policy to ‘decrease student numbers’ does not in itself answer all the questions surrounding higher education funding,” and so they must “clarify certain details which it leaves ambiguous”. Mr Griffiths is a self-styled Communist and it is not thought that he carries the support of the majortiy of OUSU. However, Alexander Clark of the Educational Reform Group (ERG) told Cherwell that “OUSU are very supportive of the referendum results and both OUSU and the ERG are working together to tie down the details of the policy. This motion is not a serious threat to the integrity of the referendum result and should be dismissed as such.” Mr Clark dismissed Mr Griffiths and Mr Gligorov as “extremists and not the sort of people you want in any organisation let alone a student union.”ARCHIVE: 0th week TT 2004last_img