More than 500,000 students have been apportioned a tremendous setback after a Tory minister ruled out extreme reforms to education fees this year. Sam Gyimah declared it wouldn’t be credible to complete a purposed shake-up merely months after he took the position of universities minister.
It means those starting university in September 2018 face paying fees of £9,250 a year and above-inflation interest on their loans, currently at 6.1 percent. That’s despite them starting their education nearly a whole year after Theresa May began her major review of student funding at the 2017 Tory conference.
Mr Gyimah informed the BBC that while tuition fees were a problem, and that living costs were also a dilemma, what he wants to do is look at the entire arrangement of student finance in the round and it’s got to be done very precisely and quite orderly.
When he was questioned if improvements would happen in time for September 2017, Mr Gyimah stated that if he were to say that the government will conduct a review of our whole higher education system and be done in seven months, that would not be likely.
It wasn’t conceivable for him to respond and it wasn’t a conceivable timeframe within which to do that piece of work.
Tory MP Justine Greening, who was removed as Education Secretary in Theresa May’s reorganisation, asked for a more progressive policy than maintenance loans to meet students’ living expenses and loans which replaced grants for the disadvantaged were wrongly leaving hard-up scholars with more debt by the time they graduate.
She advised she had been against a wide-scale review of student finance while in office because the danger of a review is that you just kick things into the long grass and she recommended the money raised from tuition fees should be ring-fenced for the higher education system and figures from admissions service the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) show 650,000 people applied for university positions last year.
Political parties always say vote for us and we will do this and that for you and then they respond with or think that we were stupid enough to choose them and then they do nothing that they promised, however, nobody should be surprised by this!
Education is, of course, a cash cow as is pension schemes. Privatisation is a cash cow and utilities are a cash cow, rents are cash cows and the nation has come to a point where you have to pay to prove your own existence and we’re simply a commodity.