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Gap year

THE number of young people taking a gap year between school and university has risen by 10 per cent since the introduction of tuition fees. In 1997, the last year before university fees were

introduced, 8 per cent of students deferre entry onto their course for a year. Last year, almost 9 per cent did so.

The figures were revealed by education junior minister Malcolm Wicks in response to a question by John Bercom, Conservative education spokesperson.

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