PM hopeful vows to crack down on degrees with low outcomes

United Kingdom Conservative Party leadership contender Rishi Sunak has vowed to phase out university degrees that do not improve students’ “earning potential”, create a Russell Group of world-class technical colleges and introduce a British Baccalaureate that would prevent 16-year-olds from dropping maths and English, writes Sophie Wingate for the Independent.

The Tory leadership hopeful said his plans to reform post-16 education marked “a significant stride towards parity of esteem between vocational and academic education”.

If he becomes the next prime minister, Sunak would strengthen networks of technical institutions and their links with industry, as well as giving them powers to award degrees, his campaign said. These proposals will take a tougher approach to university degrees that saddle students with debt, without improving their earning potential.
Full report on the Independent site