Complete article here – http://www.bbc.com/news/education-42923529
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Extracts from the link above here:
Many graduates receive “paltry returns” for their degrees despite racking up £50,000 in debt, says the chairman of the Education Select Committee.
Robert Halfon will say in a speech on Monday, that between a fifth and a third of graduates take non-graduate jobs, and that any extra returns for having a degree “vary wildly”.
He will also suggest that too many people are studying academic degrees.
University leaders maintain that a degree remains an excellent investment.
In his speech on Monday, Mr Halfon, a former skills minister, will say the nation has
“become obsessed with full academic degrees”.
“We are creating a higher education system that overwhelmingly favours academic degrees, while intermediate and higher technical offerings are comparatively tiny.
The government has promised a review of higher education funding in England in response.
A spokesperson for the Department for Education said legislation had been introduced to reform higher education to ensure that students and the taxpayer got value for money.
“The government wants everyone to be equipped with the skills they need to get on in life and succeed in the jobs of the future,” the spokesperson said.