Ishi Sunak has vowed to scrap university degrees that do not improve students’ “earning potential”, create a Russell Group of world-class technical colleges and introduce a British baccalaureate. which would prevent 16-year-olds from dropping maths and English.
The Tory leadership hoped their plans to reform post-16 education were “an important step forward towards equality of respect between vocational and academic education”.
If he becomes the next prime minister, Mr Sink will strengthen networks of technical institutes and their links with industry, as well as give them powers to award degrees.
(These proposals) would take a draconian approach to university degrees that would saddle students with debt without improving their earning potential.
Ex-chancellors will evaluate university degrees by their dropout rates, numbers in graduate jobs and salary range, with the exception of nursing and other courses of high social value.
In an apparent attempt to appeal to the right, Mr Sink’s campaign said he would also fast-track the Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill, which is currently in the House of Lords.
The government has argued the bill is needed to tackle growing intolerance at universities, but opponents say it aims to fix a problem that doesn’t exist and could protect hate speech. Is.
Mr Sink pledged to improve professional development for teachers, a plan to open 75 new free schools announced by the government in June, and an “accountability holiday” for schools trusts for two years. Promised to give.
He will also work to increase the use of artificial intelligence and digital technology in classrooms and reduce the workload of teachers.
Mr Sink said: “A good education is the closest thing we have to a silver bullet when it comes to improving people’s lives.
“These proposals represent a significant step forward towards parity of esteem between vocational and academic education. And they will take a tougher approach to university degrees than students without improving their earning potential. , suffers from debts.
“I will also take bold, practical steps to build on the successful Conservative education reforms of the past decade by harnessing technology and improving the quality of teaching in underperforming areas.
“Every child deserves a world-class education and if I become prime minister, I will make it my mission from day one to ensure they get it.”
The former chancellor will also create a new British Baccalaureate which will require students to continue studying core subjects such as maths and English until they leave school at 18.
In an interview with The Times, he criticized the “overly narrow specialization” of the current curriculum, which he said does not prepare young people for “tomorrow’s economy”.
“We are almost unique in the Western world, for a developed economy and all high-performing education systems, in allowing people to drop maths and stop studying their mother tongue at 16,” he told the newspaper. ” he told the newspaper.
“In Germany, in France, in Asia, young people are studying mathematics until they are 18 and the way a modern economy works, I think if our young people don’t have these skills, it will leave us behind. “
After private schooling at Winchester College, where he was head boy, and a degree in politics, philosophy and economics at Oxford, Mr. Sink earned an MBA from Stanford University in California.
His Tory leadership rival Liz Truss has pitched herself as “Education Prime Minister” with plans to replace failing academies with new free schools, and a promise that students with high A-level grades An automatic invitation to interview at Oxford or Cambridge will be given. – which has raised questions about whether the timing of the school year will have to change.