‘Some of Britain’s most prestigious universities do not offer a high enough “quality and intensity of teaching” to demand students pay £9,000 a year, a leaked government document has revealed.
Notes for a Number 10 meeting caught on camera reveal ministers believe there is a “problem” that some universities are charging the highest tuition fees rate despite not proving their worth.
The private memo will lead to fears parents are getting ripped off by some Russell Group universities and lead to calls the government reveal which institutions they have concerns about.
The notes also throw into doubt David Cameron’s pledge to double the number of poor children going to university by citing ministers saying it will “never” be achieved….
Critics pounced on the accidental revelation to say the Prime Minister had given up trying to increase the number of poor children going to top universities.
Gordon Marsden, Labour’s shadow minister for universities, said: “This leak is a shocking admittance of failure and shows what ministers really think of David Cameron’s flagship policy.
“The Government seem content to throw in the towel on efforts to widen participation in the existing higher education system, meaning that students from the least well-off families will be left behind.”’ - Telegraph