Wealth must not win out

12th November 2010 at 00:00

I was alarmed to read your report that business secretary Vince Cable is considering ending public funding for level 3 qualifications - essentially university entry qualifications ("Adult A-level equivalents could lose public funding", October 8). Add this to the effects of the last government's decision to end public funding for equal and lower qualifications, and you have, within a decade, seriously damaged second- chance education for all but the wealthy.

Already, because of the decision on entry-level qualifications, students with degrees cannot get funded to do degrees of the same level in a different subject, and can only embark on this study if they have substantial private means. If Mr Cable goes ahead with this plan, it will ensure that those without a degree cannot even get to university unless they have substantial private means.

Ian Searle, chairman, University of the Third Age.

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