It is fantastic that universities oppose limitations to schooling (Universities oppose prepare for scholar cap and loans in England, 9 May perhaps). But when it will come to grownup education and learning and lifelong learning, the trouble is not just limits on loan entry – it is debt itself.
The disastrous collapse in aspect-time education and learning in Britain brought about by the coalition government’s tripling of college costs was due to its denial that receiving into personal debt in later daily life is distinctive from generating a lifestyle selection of whether to go to university aged 18. For grownup learners, it may be a selection involving using a loan to review or getting a family members vacation that 12 months.
Investigation printed in Wonkhe this 7 days confirms help for lifelong discovering, but not for forcing adult learners deeper into financial debt. As the Universities Affiliation for Lifelong Understanding explained in its response to the government’s consultation, the entitlement should be to lifelong studying, not to obtaining into financial debt. Funding requires to be designed available for more mature older people to re-enter education and learning – other than in the sort of financial loans.
Prof Jonathan Michie
Chair, Universities Affiliation for Lifelong Understanding