‘Do degrees pay off?’ Professor requests more vocational opportunities because the United Kingdom is “too intellectual.”
As millions of adolescents await their A-Level results, a social mobility expert has encouraged the UK to consider investing in more higher-quality “vocational options” for school leavers.
Professor of Social Mobility at the University of Exeter, Lee Elliot Major, highlighted to GB News’ Colin Brazier that many young people are contemplating other vocational possibilities as a result of crushing university costs ahead of results day on Tuesday. However, he noted how alternatives to education, such as apprenticeship programs, are not as widespread as they should be and are of poor quality. He also emphasized how the government should invest more money in realistic vocational possibilities for British school leavers, which he believes should be regarded as completely respectable alternatives for teens worried about the consequences of starting university in September.
“Some people are beginning to question if all degrees are worth that money,” Professor Major added.
“We know there are a lot of fantastic apprenticeships out there, but the problem is that there aren’t enough of them.
“And that is the problem we face as a nation.”
“As a country, we have underestimated vocational skills,” the social mobility specialist continued.
“When I go to the pub, a lot of my friends are successful in music, the media, and other practical fields.
“And many of them believed they were academic failures.
“I believe we need a fundamental shift in education, not merely in terms of degrees vs apprenticeships.”
“I feel that we need a greater vocational choice from the beginning of secondary school,” he said.
Professor Major’s remarks come as millions of A-Level students await their results, which will be released on Tuesday morning.
Due to the pandemic, this year’s results have been pushed back a week, providing pupils an extra week to plan and pack for university, jobs, and apprenticeships.
Due to frequent coronavirus lockdowns, students have had one of the most difficult school years in history, with many closures and online learning.
The Department of Education chose to cancel 2021 summer examinations due to the pandemic’s pandemonium in schools, therefore there will be no grade boundaries in 2021. Instead, teachers would award students based on a variety of reasons.
Teachers can assign grades to students based on coursework, mock examinations, essays, and in-class tests.
Only the “Brinkwire Summary News” will be used to evaluate students.