Funding for lifelong learning should not direct to further financial debt | Letters

It’s great that universities oppose limitations to schooling (Universities oppose system for college student cap and financial loans in England, 9 May possibly). But when it comes to adult instruction and lifelong discovering, the trouble is not just restrictions on bank loan obtain – it is personal debt alone.

The disastrous collapse in section-time education and learning in Britain brought on by the coalition government’s tripling of university expenses was due to its denial that receiving into debt in afterwards life is unique from generating a lifestyle decision of whether to go to college aged 18. For adult learners, it may perhaps be a preference involving having a bank loan to analyze or having a household vacation that 12 months.

Research released in Wonkhe this 7 days confirms aid for lifelong studying, but not for forcing grownup learners further into debt. As the Universities Association for Lifelong Discovering stated in its reaction to the government’s consultation, the entitlement should be to lifelong finding out, not to receiving into personal debt. Funding needs to be created obtainable for older grownups to re-enter education and learning – other than in the variety of loans.
Prof Jonathan Michie
Chair, Universities Association for Lifelong Understanding

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