Monday, 6 June 2011

Shock news bulletin: students ARE deterred from university by higher fees

David Willetts MP, Universities Minister, said the following in November 2010:

"Our proposals are progressive, because they help to encourage people from poorer backgrounds to go to university..."

Yet we read today in The Times (pay wall)that:

"Tens of thousands of young people are expected to abandon plans to go to university, put off by higher fees and an ailing, graduate job market.  Vice-Chancallors are preparing for a collapse in the number of applications next year."

I am sure I am not alone in thinking that it was entirely predictable that young people, particularly those from poorer backgrounds, would be deterred from going to university by £9,000 fees. 

We must remind the Government at all opportunities that their policies are making Britain less meritocratic.  Going to university, for those who are suitably qualified, should be a right, not a privilege.

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