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University fee levels will create chaos

Issue No. 2248

As more universities declare their fees levels, the government’s “progressive” plans are disintegrating.

The average fee announced is more than £8,000 a year.

And most universities will charge the maximum £9,000 for at least some courses.

The government claims that institutions that want to charge the maximum have to meet certain requirements.

But this is a farce.

A market has opened up in higher education—and universities are scrabbling for their share.

Meanwhile, the government has cut 100 percent of the funding to arts and humanities courses in universities.

Those departments will be surviving on a pittance.

And there will be a huge funding gap. Students have been promised they will not pay until they earn £21,000.

But the government has been caught out.

It claims that it didn’t expect so many institutions to charge maximum fees. So it has put no money aside to bridge the gap before the fees are actually paid.

Some reports predict a funding shortfall of £1 billion.

Universities will be starved of cash for years, providing sub-standard education.

The full reality of the cuts will soon hit home—university and course closures, poor standards, over-worked lecturers and debt.

We need to get the market out of education.


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Tue 19 Apr 2011, 17:53 BST
Issue No. 2248
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