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ERIC Number: EJ871079
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0955-2308
A Question of Priorities
Ground, Ian
Adults Learning, v20 n9 p26-27 May 2009
The author reports on the closure of university public programmes across England as a direct result of ministers' decision to withdraw funding from students studying for a qualification at a level equivalent to or lower than one they already possess. It signifies the end of lifelong learning as an object of mainstream government policy. The closure of such programmes, which have reached hundreds of thousands of people, is not another sad but inevitable casualty of the recession. The decision that led to these closures was taken well before this crisis. The decision not to fund students studying for a qualification at a level equivalent to or lower that one they already possess--the so-called ELQ rule--was announced in September 2007, without any attempt at consultation or assessment of its impact. The decision was greeted with incredulity by universities, savaged in the House of Lords and found to be unnecessary by a select committee which had looked at nearly 500 pieces of written evidence. Now CALL, the Campaigning Alliance for Lifelong Learning, with its huge base of support, calls for the reversal of the decision in its manifesto.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)