Underperforming universities could be forced to cut tuition fees.

i News reports that ministers are considering forcing underperforming universities to cut tuition fees as the Government steps up efforts to offer students better value for money.

The plans are part of options being considered by the Government as it looks to crack down on “low quality” universities, which have been able to charge students the full £9,000 a year in fees (rising to £9,250 for the coming year).

As Parliament reconvened last week, Theresa May was facing calls from her own backbenches to slash the rate of interest on student debt, despite its impact on the Exchequer.

But according to sources close to Downing Street, the Universities minister, Jo Johnson, is more interested in forcing universities to cut tuition fees.

“Fee restraint is what they are tending towards,” the source told i. Jo Johnson, The tuition fees system is fair “Johnson knows what levers to pull to make a difference, having piloted the HE Bill through Parliament.”

Philip Hammond, the Chancellor, is believed to have told Tory backbench MPs in the 1922 Committee last week that he wanted ideas ahead of the Budget on helping young people with student finance and getting on the housing ladder.

Nicky Morgan, chairman of the Treasury Select Committee, said she was considering looking into the issue of student debt as one of her first inquiries.

Read more Underperforming universities could be forced to cut tuition fees.

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!

 

Making time to stop self-harm
Teachers lose 11 days of teaching time a year to kids disrupting class with smartphones
Categories: Higher Education and University.

Let us know what you think...