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Myths around further education policy and student targets | Letters

The education secretary, Gavin Williamson, has taken what is now a familiar sideswipe at British higher education, while quite correctly lauding the importance of developing further education (FE) and vocational skills (Ministers to ditch target of 50% of young people in England going to university, 9 July). His assertion, in his speech on FE reform,…

What kind of revolution can follow the Tories’ education crisis?

Gavin Williamson was aware of at least one thing in his speech today in which he promised a revolution in England’s further education sector. “A lot of education secretaries across the years have said they want to support further education,” he told an empty room during his pre-recorded speech. “I know some of you will…

Ministers to ditch target of 50% of young people in England...

Gavin Williamson has criticised the idea of wanting half of all young people to go on to higher education, describing it as an “absurd mantra” and signalling an end to a pledge made by Tony Blair in the 1990s that has been supported by successive governments. The education secretary said he wanted to see a…

Minister lambasts English universities for letting down students

The 20-year crusade to get more young people into higher education appears at an end, after the universities minister accused England’s universities of “taking advantage” of students with dumbed-down courses that left them saddled with debt. In a significant shift in policy, Michelle Donelan declared it was time to “think again” about the government’s use…

Johnson pledges £1bn school rebuilding programme for England

Schools in England are being promised a £1bn rebuilding programme as Boris Johnson commits to giving children a “world-class education” after months out of the classroom, and pledges help for the economy to bounce back from the coronavirus crisis. The 10-year investment plan for upgrades and refurbishments comes ahead of the prime minister’s key speech…

Edo: PDP stakeholders kick against Gov Obaseki’s endorsement

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State (left) and his Deputy, Philip Shaibu. By Emmanuel Elebeke Ahead of Thursday’s governorship primaries of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo state, stakeholders in the party in the state have kicked against the seeming favouritism extended to the State Governor,y Godwin Obaseki, by the party’s national leadership, saying…

BREAKING: Court stops PDP from conducting Edo primaries on 25th June

By Davies Iheamnachor PORT HARCOURT: A Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State has barred the Edo Chapter of the People’s Democratic Party from going on with its governorship primary election scheduled for Thursday, 25th June, 2020. This was following a suit brought before the court on Monday by one of the governorship…

Anti-Magu memo: Northern leaders differ with AGF Malami

Magu and Malami • Resign, apologise to Nigerians, Junaid Mohammed tells Malami• AGF’s memo demonstration that Nigeria’s led by greedy officials, PDP chieftain, Sarka• Malami doesn’t have right to pull down anyone under him — CAN By Bashir Bello, Kano & Ibrahim Hassan Wuyo, Kaduna Leading voices in the North, yesterday, expressed divergent views over…

How to Be an Ally as the Oppressor: Black Lives Matter

Trigger Warning: Article includes topics of violence against Black individuals in America. Take care of yourself. Mental health resources included at the bottom of the article. Quiet consumes the Burnside Bridge in Portland, Oregon. Bodies lay across the street face down, some with hands behind their backs, most with multi-colored masks obscuring their faces. For…

England to limit students going to Wales, Scotland and N Ireland

The government in Westminster will limit the number of students from England who can go to university in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland next year, leading to accusations that it is “trampling on devolution”. As part of its plans to cap the number of undergraduates that universities in England can teach in 2020-21, the Department…

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