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Govt decision on arbitrary targets for universities long overdue

Layla Moran

@LaylaMoran : Govt decision on arbitrary targets for university admissions long overdue

Responding to news that the Education Secretary has confirmed plans to scrap the commitment to get 50% of England’s young people into university, Liberal Democrat Education spokesperson Layla Moran said:

“It’s long overdue that Government stopped using a completely arbitrary target as the basis of their post-school education policy. But people working in Further Education could be forgiven for being sceptical about the Education Secretary’s commitment given the years of devastating cuts which the sector has faced under the Conservatives.

“The Government needs to step up and recognise the scale of the challenge in front of us. We need investment in early years so we can truly level up, to narrow the attainment gap before kids get to school. And we need to put power in the hands of teachers, to make and own these decisions for themselves.

“The Liberal Democrats want to see a far more ambitious adult retraining programme that will prepare our economy and our citizens for the future.”

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