10 August 2017
Commenting on the Sutton Trust report which shows that fewer young people are thinking of going to university, Kevin Courtney, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said;
“The student loan system in England is a disastrously bad way of funding higher education, committing school-leavers to 30 years of debt repayment at a rising rate of interest. It has converted education from being a public good to a service that is sold to individual consumers, and helped impose a business model on universities where what counts is the volume of students not the quality of their study.
“Teachers have a strong interest in rejecting this model. They want the school students whom they teach to think of education as a creative process of independent enquiry – not a commodity.
“The Union believes that access to further, higher and life-long education should not be limited by exorbitant financial demands.”