More growth attacked as 'warehousing'

10th September 1999 at 01:00
CONTINUING expansion of further and higher education is neither necessary, or desirable, the UK's first two professors of lifelong learning argued this week.

"It's the wrong target," professor John Field, of Warwick University, said.

"It amounts to a warehousing of young people who might not be keen, might not get the qualifications they want, and could be socialised into believing that learning has been completed.

"It would be better to expand part-time education, and focus on accessibility, so that people could come back later. Lots of people are in educational institutions which is not the right place for them at that stage," said professor Tom Schuller, of Birkbeck College, University of London.

"In the short term it might raise targets in term of qualifications, but it may turn people off, just as some people are turned off education by their experience of school."

Both professors, speaking at a London conference, were broadly sympathetic to the government's promotion of lifelong learning. But they warned that most present policies, the University for Industry, and the New Deal, emphasised learning in terms of employability. There had to be more stress on its social nature.

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