University ‘market’ is a con | Stefan Collini | Comment is free |

A friend had recently suggested that the cost of supporting the so-called private school ‘market’ was underestimated.  He pointed out that the costs associated with mechanisms that were being put in place by the government to support the so-called ‘education market place’ were not being taken into full consideration when estimating the reductions in public expenditures.

A similar argument was made for higher education reforms in England by Stefan Collini in this piece written for the Guardian. An excerpt below:

Ah, but it’s all because of “the deficit”, isn’t it, the need to reduce public expenditure? No, it isn’t. Whatever view you take of this government’s macroeconomic policy, the truth is that the new higher education system will not reduce public expenditure in the short or even the medium term. Indeed, the reason why the white paper now proposes a more centrally controlled system than at present – in terms of determining how many students with particular A-level results universities will be able to take – is because the government has belatedly realised that the new fees will otherwise increase public expenditure in the short term. In fact, the independent Higher Education Policy Institute, which published its analysis of the proposals this week, thinks the government is still underestimating the cost to the public purse of the new system. The measures are clearly being introduced for political reasons, to install the simulacrum of a market and to make universities serve the economy more directly.

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About Irfan

I am an independent researcher and blogger interested in everything under the sun, but more so in the philosophy and history of education and education reform generally, and specifically in the so-called post colonial contexts


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