Labour leader hits out at high university fees

Jeremy Corbyn has hit out at the state of higher education in England, saying the country should be “utterly ashamed” for having the highest level of tuition fees in the developed world, in his first speech on education since being elected Labour leader, writes Aftab Ali for the Independent.

Speaking at the University and College Union conference, “Education: Cradle to Grave”, at the University of London, the politician also insisted that education “must be open to all, regardless of background or wealth” because it is of “such huge economic and social importance”, according to Times Higher Education.

Corbyn also expressed concern over the number of part-time students now turning their backs on higher education, and described how the number has fallen from 824,000 five years ago to 570,000 today.
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