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Universities are guilty of 'mis-selling hope and opportunity', the Education Secretary declares today.
Gavin Williamson accuses vice chancellors of promoting degrees lacking in 'academic rigour'.
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Vowing to stamp the practice out, he promises a 'Singapore-style revolution' in technical and vocational courses to help the 'forgotten 50 per cent'.
Speaking exclusively to the Daily Mail, Mr Williamson insists: 'We will not continue to tolerate poor levels of teaching. Young people are investing money but they are also investing hope and their aspirations and ambitions.
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'It's children like those who went to school and college with me, they are the ones who are often most vulnerable to being mis-sold courses and mis-sold hope. And there is a number of universities that are just not delivering for them. We can stop it and we will stop it.'
Mr Williamson, who attended a further education college, also:
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Mr Williamson was a close ally of the former PM but he was sacked at the start of May after a newspaper reported details of high level discussions about Chinese firm Huawei.
He complained of a 'kangaroo court' and being the victim of a vendetta. After taking a senior role in Boris Johnson's successful leadership campaign he made a sensational return to Cabinet.
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Setting out his approach to his new job, Mr Williamson says he wants to challenge poverty of aspiration.
'The most important thing is giving people the confidence and belief in themselves,' he says. 'Sometimes in the state sector we don't believe enough in ourselves. We shouldn't forget that talent and ability is evenly spread but opportunity isn't and it's giving people that boost to say 'you can do it'.
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'Some people don't believe in children from some of those more deprived backgrounds, not going that extra mile to make sure those extra opportunities are created.'
Mr Williamson says children from less privileged backgrounds are the...
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