Higher Education : Smoothing the Path

Students at Cambridge University walk to the Senate House to receive their degrees. 'If you give everyone in disadvantaged schools the very highest standard of education, you improve lives collectively.' Photograph: Geoffrey Robinson/Rex Features

Labour’s former health secretary, Alan Milburn, has taken plenty of flak for agreeing to work for the coalition as its adviser on social mobility . As his latest findings on access to higher education are released , it’s hard not to overlook the fact that he’s working for the people who abolished the education maintenance allowance (“a very bad mistake” in his view) , who believe that there are too many people at university anyway , and whose general mode is to comfort the comfortable and afflict the afflicted . (source “The Guardian”)

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