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The system of post-school education in England is not a system. It is unbalanced in favour of F/T university degrees, and, as a result, offers poor value for money to individuals, taxpayers & the economy.
The 2012 reforms to university financing have failed to create an effective market allowing undergraduate degrees to dominate when this might not be in the student or the country’s best interest. The low quality & inconsistent availability of options, caused in part by a lack of funding, have made the problem worse.
The Committee has found that the decision to switch almost all higher education funding to tuition fees financed by student loans has hidden the true cost of public spending on higher education. They have also led to a collapse in flexible & part-time learning, with student numbers decreasing over the last 6 years by 60%.Careers for life are disappearing, and the ability to retrain will become increasingly necessary to succeed in the modern economy. The report calls for a new deal for post-school education funding which promotes all types of learning regardless of where or how it takes place.