Reporter 414, 9 February 1998

AUT rejects ‘dumbing down’ of HE

The government’s aim to increase numbers in higher and further education by 500,000 by the millennium has been strongly criticised by the AUT. General secretary David Triesman said “we will not collude in dumbing down higher education,” arguing that with current resources stretched to the limit in both HE and FE, taking on more students would be admitting them on a “false prospectus.”

Extra funding was vital to ensure an expansion could be handled properly, he added, together with a statutory pay review to ensure long-term fair treatment for staff.

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