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UK ditches Blair's 50% university graduate plan. Maybe now we can get the skilled elite we'll need after Covid

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The decision taken by the UK government to ditch the target of getting 50 percent of young adults into higher education, a relic of the Blair years, is now consigned to that overflowing dustbin of history.

Though not officially the policy of any government since the 1990s, the idea had become a yardstick, and even this year, a huge 40 percent of 18-year-olds have applied to go to university.

The belief that three years studying Spanish and art history will prepare these young folk for life in the rough and tumble of a post-coronavirus work environment is downright dumb.

It doesn’t prepare them for anything. It simply delays, in many cases, the maturity that is needed to take on board the opinions of those they disagree with. It hampers the growth of the financial nous required to become independent from the Bank of Mum and Dad, and it instills the completely false perception that a university degree equals an instantly high-paying job on the outside.

Well, tell that to the 34 percent of university graduates working in non-graduate jobs.

The 50 percent target was more than an educational goal from that snake-oil salesman of a prime minister, Tony Blair.

It was really a cynical attempt at social engineering, encouraging more left-leaning........

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