Tories to drop pledge to cut student tuition fees from manifesto

Boris Johnson will drop a pledge to cut tuition fees from the Tory manifesto, i understands. His decision to leave out the headline promise comes even after Theresa May urged the Conservatives to lower them to £7,500.

According to Tory sources, party HQ is eager to keep tuition fees “off the agenda”, believing the anger over student debt has “blown over” in the public eye.

Student debt became one of the key battlegrounds during the 2017 election, with Jeremy Corbyn’s pledge to scrap university fees attracting thousands of young voters to back Labour.

A senior Conservative told i: “The issue has slid quite sharply down the salience scale. And although the Augar [Review] proposals or any other variation may be good, they are also just as complex as the current system to explain and a general election is not the time to start doing it.”

Read more Tories to drop pledge to cut student tuition fees from manifesto 

Please tell us your thoughts in comments or via Twitter ~ Tamsin

Are you a trainee teacher, NQT, teacher, headteacher, parent or  just someone who cares about education and has something to get off  your chest in a Schools Improvement Guest Post? Follow this link for more details at the bottom of the page.

Don’t forget you can sign up to receive our daily email bulletin (around 7am) with all the latest schools news stories. Your details will never be given to anyone else and you can unsubscribe at any stage. Just follow this link.

We now have a Facebook page - please click to like!

 

Relief as continued funding secured for music hubs
Italy to become first country to make studying climate change compulsory in schools
Categories: DfE, Higher Education and University.

Let us know what you think...