Making the rich pay more is not social mobility

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Just when you thought the furore over university fees had disappeared, it rears its ugly head again.
Minister David Willetts is under fire over proposals in his White Paper (out in the summer should you wish to obtain it for some light reading), where extra university places come at a hefty price. The idea is to allow over-subscribed universities the chance to get more students on their books by offering ‘off-quota’ places.
This new capacity is over and above existing student numbers and solely available to those who can pay – and pay a lot.
The places will be given on the understanding that students can: (a) cough up overseas students’ prices (that will be £28k a year for medicine please) and (b) get the grades they were meant to get in the first place.
While the Government insists the rich can’t just buy their way in, the scheme leaves a funny taste in this graduate’s mouth.
Not because I don’t think that it is wrong t

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