Instead of equipping students with useful skills, some British universities are instilling “critical race theory, anti-British history and a sociological Marxist diet”, the minister said. .
Andrea Jenkins, Minister of Skills, Continuing and Higher Education, criticized the current education system, saying it wanted young people to complete a degree in “Harry Potter Studies” rather than work in the construction industry. rice field.
The government is committed to cracking down on low-quality university courses, she said at a fringe event at the Conservative Party conference on 3 October.
Jenkins said: But the current system wants young people to complete degrees in Harry Potter studies rather than the apprentices who shape construction.
“It doesn’t take any magical powers to fix this being wrong, so the government is working to put broomsticks to good use and do a spring cleaning of low-quality courses.”
The minister argued that “if the course does not bring positive results to anyone”, it “won’t make sense” for the government to need to fund it.
“They are prey to critical racial theories, anti-British history and sociological Marxism. That is why this government is determined to offer alternatives.”
Discrimination against “beneficial” students
British universities have also been criticized for admissions practices that allegedly discriminate against students from wealthy backgrounds.
According to statistics released by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service, in 2022, for the first time on record, only 18-year-olds from the wealthiest backgrounds will see a drop in college admissions.
At another fringe event at the Tory conference, Ian Mansfield, head of education at the conservative think tank Policy Exchange, said the university system was “advantageous” for children attending private schools and for postal codes. He said he was “advancing” discrimination against children classified as where they live.
The Telegraph was quoted as saying that “discrimination based on class or background, or the wishful decisions parents make for their children, is as abhorrent as discrimination based on race or sex.”
The apparent preferential treatment of students from disadvantaged areas has been criticized as “social engineering.”
“They are trying to cover up the failure of the school system to get people to the right level to get into college,” Chris McGovern, chairman of the Real Education Campaign, told The Telegraph in August. .
PA Media contributed to this report.