George Osborne backs former PM’s 7-in-10 university target

Ex-chancellor George Osborne has criticised his own party, the ruling Conservatives, for ditching targets to get more people going to university in the United Kingdom after former Labour prime minister Tony Blair said seven in 10 people should be participating in higher education, writes Will Hazell for iNews.

Osborne said it was a “bit odd when largely graduate educated MPs say university isn’t for others”.

On Monday 18 April, The Times reported that Blair is set to call for the proportion of students entering higher education to rise to 60% by 2030 and 70% by 2040. When he was prime minister, Blair famously set a target in 1999 for 50% of people to go to university – a goal which was finally achieved in 2017-18.
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