CHRISTOPHER SNOWDON, of the Institute of Economic Affairs, joins the queue of those criticising Tony Blair’s aim — not, in fact, fulfilled — of 50 per cent of school-leavers going to university.
He argues that the economy does not need half the population to have degrees.
Why do 60 per cent of U.S. school-leavers go on to higher education and three million Japanese go to university?
The growth in our graduate numbers is a matter for celebration, not regret.
There are many sticks with which to beat Mr Blair, but his suggestion that we catch up with more successful countries is not among them. Prof CHRIS BARTON, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs.
I AM not sure the Office for National Statistics is right to say one third of graduates are ‘over- educated’. I would say they are under-educated.
The ONS findings show that ‘ people who studied arts, biology and humanities are the most likely to be overeducated’ for the job they are doing. That is because they enjoyed an education, but were not trained for a job.
After my arts degree, I did a business degree and extensive commercial training in order to make a living.
The other problem with so many graduates is their expectation that they are an elite deserving great respect and rewards. To this extent, they are perhaps more under-educated than over-educated. RODNEY ATKINSON, Stocksfield, Northumberland.