TOO MANY young people are going to college, an education charity official said, ahead of the A-level results day.
Tens of thousands of pupils from Northern Ireland, England and Wales will receive their results tomorrow after exams are canceled for the second year in a row.
This year, more emphasis was placed on the professional judgment of teachers.
The controversial algorithms that saw thousands of people receive lower marks last summer have been scrapped.
Many young people will be eager to go to college, but the founder and executive chairman of the Sutton Trust has raised concerns about the debt.
Sir Peter Lampl told the Daily Telegraph: “I think there are too many kids going to college.
“Too many graduates are taking on a lot of debt, the 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.”
According to the Telegraph, Sir Peter said a number of students would be “better served” by completing a degree apprenticeship where “you earn while you learn, you come out debt free and you come out with the skills that the market wants “.
Sir Peter established the Sutton Trust in 1997 to improve social mobility in the UK and has donated more than £ 50million to the trust, according to his website.
Exam supervision officer Ofqual, meanwhile, said students awaiting their A-level and GCSE results may “feel satisfied” that their grades are fair despite exam cancellations.
Ofqual’s acting chief regulator Simon Lebus said the watchdog wanted to create a system where every student had a fair chance to show what they can do, adding: “I am very confident that when they will have their notes on Tuesday and Thursday this week, so I can feel happy with what happened. “
It comes after Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer warned that “chaos and incompetence” within government had created additional stress for those awaiting their results.
Sir Keir said Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Education Secretary Gavin Williamson did not act early enough to ensure that results operations run smoothly this summer.
Students will receive results for the AS and A levels today, followed by the release of GCSE results on August 12.