Sky News reports that Theresa May hit out at Labour’s pledge to abolish university tuition fees as she unveiled a wide-ranging review of post-18 education.
The Prime Minister said such a move would push up taxes, leave universities competing with the likes of schools and the NHS for cash and result in a cap on student numbers being reintroduced.
“That is not my idea of a fair or progressive system,” Mrs May said.
She added that it was her belief that “those who benefit directly from higher education should contribute directly towards the cost of it”.
Labour said the review was an “unnecessary waste of time”, with shadow education secretary Angela Rayner declaring: “Theresa May has finally admitted that her Government got it wrong.”
The decision to abolish maintenance grants and replace them with loans has also sparked concern, with claims the policy hits the poorest students the hardest and saddles them with more debt.
The prospect of fees for certain kinds of courses being reduced has been raised by Education Secretary Damian Hinds, while the Government has confirmed the interest rates charged on loans will be examined.
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