9 Aug 2021, 09:46
Too many young people are going to college, an education charity official said on Tuesday ahead of A-Level results day.
The founder and executive chairman of the Sutton Trust, Sir Peter Lampl, has raised concerns about the debt load of students considering going to university.
He suggested that most would be better off doing a degree apprenticeship where “you earn while you learn, you come out debt free, and you come out with the skills the market wants.”
It comes as tens of thousands of students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will receive their grades on August 10.
The exams were canceled for the second year in a row in 2021 due to the pandemic.
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“I think there are too many kids going to college,” Sir Peter Lampl told the Daily Telegraph.
“Too many graduates are taking on a lot of debt, debt levels are astronomical, and in many cases they have skills that the market doesn’t want. “
He added, “Students won’t be able to pay off the debt, so that’s a big deal. Who will pay ?
“We give them the money, the taxpayer funds it and the taxpayer will not be reimbursed.”
The head of the education charity established the Sutton Trust in 1997 to improve social mobility in the UK. He gave more than £ 50million to the trust, his website says.
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It comes as Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer has warned that government “chaos and incompetence” has caused additional stress to those awaiting their results.
He said Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Education Secretary Gavin Williamson failed to act early enough to ensure results operations run smoothly this summer.
“It frustrates me enormously that this week’s great moment in the lives of so many young people is threatened by chaos and incompetence at the top of this government,” the Labor politician said.
The education ministry said a “rigorous system to ensure fair grades” had been put in place.