It’s a pri­vate af­fair!

THE (Times Higher Education) - - THE POPPLETONIAN -

In an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view with our re­porter, Keith Ponting (30), a lead­ing provider of for-profit higher ed­u­ca­tion has leaped to the de­fence of her fel­low providers.

Ac­cord­ing to Mrs Bartlett, vice-chan­cel­lor of the Pop­ple­ton In­sti­tute of Dance and Drama, the “pol­i­tics of envy is only too ap­par­ent” in the crit­i­cism aimed at the for-profit Univer­sity of Law di­rec­tor who was paid an over­all re­mu­ner­a­tion of £802,000 for his ser­vices in 2015-16.

But, won­dered Ponting, wasn’t such crit­i­cism partly prompted by the news that the present gov­ern­ment had to­tally failed to record how many stu­dents were drop­ping out from cour­ses run by such pri­vate providers as the Univer­sity of Law while si­mul­ta­ne­ously al­low­ing these very providers to ac­quire £400 mil­lion ev­ery year from the stu­dent loans sys­tem?

Mrs Bartlett ex­plained that the prin­ci­ple of not know­ing what was go­ing on in the pri­vate sec­tor lay at the heart of con­tem­po­rary gov­ern­ment prac­tice but de­scribed Ponting’s mur­mured ref­er­ence to “the Car­il­lion dis­as­ter” as “deeply ir­rel­e­vant”.

(In a shock move, Mrs Bartlett demon­strated her com­mit­ment to the terp­si­chorean art by con­duct­ing this en­tire in­ter­view while stand­ing on her head.)

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