Funding for lifelong learning shouldn’t lead to debt | Letter

Prof Jonathan Michie on the disastrous collapse in part-time education in Britain

It’s good that universities oppose limits to education (Universities oppose plan for student cap and loans in England, 9 May). But when it comes to adult education and lifelong learning, the problem is not just limits on loan access – it’s debt itself.

The disastrous collapse in part-time education in Britain caused by the coalition government’s tripling of university fees was due to its denial that getting into debt in later life is different from making a life choice of whether to go to university aged 18. For adult learners, it may be a choice between taking a loan to study or having a family holiday that year.

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