03 November 2010

Quote of the day

Blinded by ideology: Michael Gove, Secreetary of State for Education (here):
Michael Gove, the schools secretary, has denied that students would be discouraged from applying to university after the government allowed higher education institutions to charge up to £9,000 a year in tuition fees.
There was "no evidence" that the introduction of tuition fees in 2006 had put off poor students, he told the BBC Radio 4's Today programme. "I believe that [higher fees] won't put off students. They will make a rational decision on the benefits that accrue to them [from going to university]."
The government has announced that universities could charge between £6,000 and £9,000 a year in fees. Those that charge more than £6,000 will have to show they are making more effort to encourage applications from the poorest students. Fees
are currently £3,290 a year.
Yeah sure. Prospective students will cheerfully sign up for debt of £18,000 (plus debts incurred by simply living). And that's a rational decision?

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