Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield today challenged David Cameron at Prime Ministers Questions over Government plans to double fees for adult learners. Under Government plans, over 24 year olds on A level and equivalent programmes, including level 3 apprenticeships, and on access courses for higher education will face full cost fees at twice the current level.
At Prime Ministers Questions today, Mr Blomfield asked: “What will the PM say to the 150,000 adults that the Government estimate will be denied a second chance in education as a result of their plans to charge full cost fees to over-24 year old students on A-level and equivalent programmes and access courses?”
Speaking after Prime Ministers Questions, Mr Blomfield said: “I’m deeply disappointed that the Prime Minister failed to address my question and the concerns of students and colleges across the country. The Government’s own assessment of their plans indicates that 45% of the prospective students will not proceed with courses. These are people who are trying to gain the skills and qualifications to get themselves into work. It’s outrageous that the Government are denying them that chance.”Other news from Sheffield Labour