ATL/AMiE comment on report on higher education funding in England

Press release
23 May 2013 by ATL Media Office
ATL and AMiE welcome report from million+ group and London Economics, which calls for tuition fees to be immediately lowered to �6,000

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) and its leadership arm, the Association of Managers in Education (AMiE), said:

"The million+ group and London Economics have produced a timely alternative to the government's disastrous rise in tuition fees, which has seen an overall drop in the number of students applying to university, a 40% drop in applications to study part-time, and the likelihood that up to 85% of students will never pay off their loans.

"Having first denied their fees policy would cause any problems, the government is now claiming there is no alternative to higher fees.

"The million+ / London Economics suggestion of an immediate lowering of tuition fees to �6,000 would give welcome respite to students struggling to find high paying graduate jobs, and also result in more money being repaid to the government.

"ATL, however, believes their option for a graduate tax would cause many of the same problems as the hike in tuition fees.

"Higher education is one of the few genuine economic success stories in the UK at the moment. Without immediate and sweeping changes to the funding system, that success story will lose its sheen."

ENDS

Notes to editors

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