End for for-profit HE in the UK

A good post by Sean Mehan commenting on the UK government dropping a bill that would have allowed private for-profit companies to enter the HE market. Refering to a news item in the Telegraph, Sean writes:

The legislation would have allowed state loans to go into profits for for-profits, even allowing foreign companies (yes, companies, not institutions, for that is what they are), into the mix. So, UK taxpayer money goes to profits in a foreign country, while the national infrastructure is forced to compete or rot.

Quite right! Add to this monetary concern the socio-intellectual one, that such a privatisation move would severly damage the mission of HE education to serve wider society not a handful of shareholders.




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