The report also warns that Labour’s target to send at least 50 per cent of school leavers to university should be abandoned to focus on \”quality not quantity\”.
Quite: there\’s no point in trying to punt 50% of the population through universities. All we\’re doing at present is indulging in the grossest form of credentialism. 30 years ago you could start you articles as a solicitor, your training as an accountant, straight out of school. Now you won\’t get your CV read to do anything other than stack shelves without a degree on it. A huge waste of everyone\’s time and money.
Student leaders, however, have called the report \”offensive\” and insisted it would drive thousands away from degree courses.
Yes, that\’s the point. Further, that really is the point, as \”student leaders\” tend to be those who have had some exposure to university life and who obviously haven\’t learnt much from it.