H.E. White Paper indefinitely delayed, possibly until after 2015.
January 23, 2012 Leave a comment
The Telegraph reports that David Willetts’ controversial and much criticised Higher Education Bill, based on the White Paper published last June, has been delayed, possibly until after 2015.
This will be a relief to those who have campaigned against a set of policies that proposed opening the university system to corporate marketisation and making profit, not education, the priority of Higher Education institutions.
We need to be vigilant, since government will no doubt try to introduce many of its proposed changes via existing legislation, just as they did November 2010 with the parliamentary vote that raised fees to up to £9000 per year, leaving generations of young people in a lifetime of debt.
The battle for universities continues. But this is a partial victory that shows that collective resistance can bring about the right results.
The full Telegraph article can be viewed here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/9034279/American-backed-private-universities-plan-dropped.html