You have to admire Theresa May’s cheek, don’t you?
Or perhaps I mean: You have to laugh at her stupidity.
She has announced a review of student tuition fees, and has also called for an end to “outdated values” that favour university – degree-level – education over technical qualifications.
Of course, the combined research power of the social media has already made a fool of the dung-plated dunce of Number 10.
Firstly, she voted to triple student tuition fees as a member of the Coalition cabinet – a particularly two-faced move after voting against tuition fees proposed by Tony Blair and Gordon Brown’s New Labour governments.
May #TuitionFees voting record. Voted against raises during Blair years to score political points then as soon as the Tories were in, bam, up to £9K a year. This recent flip-flop is interesting. This level of insincerity could mean a serious coup and potential GE is underway… pic.twitter.com/gQoWbCUs4M
— Laura (@Blondie_LC89) February 18, 2018
Secondly, the Tories were behind the shift away from technical qualifications – pushing tech colleges to change to universities during the early 1990s.
I was in college at the time (yes, I’m that old) and remember it very clearly.
Mrs May is – rather desperately – trying to justify her review by saying universities are charging too much for some courses and should bring their prices down.
But didn’t her government give them carte blanche to do so? Yes, I think it did.
The aim – allegedly – was to create a “competitive market” among universities, with institutions vying to charge the least in order to attract students.
But that hasn’t happened – they all charged the maximum.
Mrs May’s idea that fees should be variable according to the quality of the course is another duffer, designed to create further division in among UK citizens; obviously, Oxbridge will charge the most, making it unreachable by people who are talented but have no money.
So a British university education will continue to be among the most expensive in the world, no matter what.
The higher-rated university authorities need to think very carefully about this, though. Many Tory MPs and cabinet members have such places on their CVs, and have proved to be utter buffoons. Theresa May is one of them, having attended Oxford.
She is hardly an advert for that august institution!
Critics in the Tory Party, like former Education Secretary Justine Greening, have said May’s plan to tinker with the system won’t do any good. She has suggested cancelling interest payments on student loans and reviving maintenance grants for poorer students.
All of the suggestions being discussed by the Tories are apparently aimed at reviving support from young people – and they’re all pointless.
Labour would end tuition fees altogether – and would also restore maintenance grants.
In comparison to that, the Tories have nothing to offer but a lifetime of debt.
Here are a few of the more choice comments from the social media:
*If only* she had been part of the government for the last 8 years so she could have stopped them scrapping maintenance grants and bringing in £9k tuition fees. Oh. #partoftheproblemnotthesolution #HigherEducation https://t.co/62wSHclgQu
— Beverley Clack 🐈 📚🧶🌹🌳🏏 (@bevclack) February 19, 2018
The Conservative Government's offering today on #TuitionFees is basically "we have stolen your cake but we are giving you back the crumbs, be grateful".
— Labour Insider (@Labour_Insider) February 19, 2018
“If only there were some way to encourage more students from poorer backgrounds” says government that scrapped bursaries for nurses and midwives.
— David Schneider (@davidschneider) February 19, 2018
Theresa May today launches a year long review into the excessive cost of a British university education.
She was in all of the Cabinets that coined the tuition fee policies.
What on earth is she expecting to discover?
— James O'Brien (@mrjamesob) February 19, 2018
Tories now agree with us that we have one of the most expensive systems of university tuition in the world. We will abolish tuition fees, restore maintenance grants &introduce a national education service free at the point of use from cradle to the grave. Tories offer a review 🤔
— 🌈 Angela Rayner 🌈 (@AngelaRayner) February 19, 2018
“We hiked the cost of a degree against the advice of everyone & to remedy that let’s introduce a cut price, low quality degree for poor ppl” https://t.co/KtDAuXW6Jk
— Paul Mason (@paulmasonnews) February 19, 2018
Theresa May publicly admits "We now have one of the most expensive systems of university tuition in the world" – and then offers a knockdown price inferior degree for poorer students as the answer.
No tinkering with tuition fees: just scrap the lot.
— Owen Jones 🌹 (@OwenJones84) February 19, 2018
.@Theresa_May voted to triple tuition fees and saddle students with an average £40,000 in debt.
There's no need to "review" that. Labour will scrap fees, bring back maintenance grants and make education free. pic.twitter.com/xzjUjFJUZm
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) February 19, 2018
WATCH: Angela Rayner says another review won’t solve student loan interest rates problem https://t.co/fcCdkqeT3Q
— LabourList (@LabourList) February 18, 2018
BREAKING: Prime Minister @theresa_may reveals shocking new government research suggests tripling cost of something makes it more unlikely poorer people will be able to pay for it. More soon …#TuitionFees
— Tom Pride (@ThomasPride) February 19, 2018
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