Students from the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL) are to appear on BBC Radio 5 live Breakfast to discuss politics and the upcoming general election.
A group of Public Services students are due to feature on the news programme hosted by Nicky Campbell and Rachel Burden on June 2, following an interview with reporter Lesley Ashmall at the College’s Enfield Centre last week.
During the recording, the students were asked if they were going to vote and what they thought of the Prime Minister Theresa May and Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn and other political parties.
They also commented on political issues including Brexit, policing, education and health, and discussed how to get young people more interested in politics.
Level 3 student Mushtaq Atifi, 18, said: “Politicians don’t think the way we think. We need politicians who are nearer our age and a prime minister who is younger, like in Canada.”
Level 2 student Vanessa Cassama Gomes Da Silva, 17, agreed, adding she feared for people who may be deported after Brexit and also had concerns about crime and child abuse.
However, she also felt overall that politicians were not that interested in the opinions of young people.
Vanessa said: “She [Theresa May] is appealing to older people. This election will give her the chance to encourage young people to vote.”
On education, Level 3 student Kubilay Akgun, 18, said: “Some of us want to go to university and will have tuition fees in mind, so I’d be interested in Labour who are saying they want to reduce them.”
Public Services courses are ideal for those wanting to work in uniformed services such as the police or Armed Forces.
CONEL offers courses in Public Services from Levels 1 to Level 3 and also a Higher National Certificate and Higher National Diploma at Levels 4 and 5.
Sarah Shucksmith, Curriculum Manager for KS4, Sports and Public Services, said: “This was a great opportunity for our students to join the political debate in the run up to the general election.
“As a College we’re keen to encourage young people to take an active interest in politics and encourage them to use their right to vote. Lesley really engaged with the students on the parties, their leader, and most importantly, the issues that matter to them.”
- Last Updated: 27 July 2017