Read Beastrabban’s comment to understand why I’m reblogging this.
One of the worst things that the New Labour government did was to take responsibility for the universities out of the hands of the Department for Education and place them under the authority of the Department for Business, Skills and Innovation. This told us exactly how the government regarded universities: as degree factories that produced workers for white collar jobs in banking, business and customer services. Education for its own sake was discouraged and those embarking on a journey through higher education were encouraged to take up degrees in subjects like Business Studies. The idea here was to produce ‘entrepreneurs’. But not everyone can be an entrepreneur.
So imagine my disgust when I heard Vince Cable announce that higher education funding would be cut and graduates would be subjected to a higher rate of tax on completion of their studies. We know that social mobility decreased during the last years of the New Labour…
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