Allowing universities to charge students £9,000 a year for tuition, with only 10 per cent of university teaching budgets funded by the State, makes Britain a complete outlier by international standards. And fees are not means-tested. We treat children as if they are financially independent at 18, which is plainly ridiculous. Why should a boarding-school student pay the same as a kid from a council estate?

Peter Lampl, chairman of the Sutton Trust, which promotes social mobility in education, thunders today about the new university tuition fees


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