The pledge of 50% university places (Comment, NCE 29 January) is a government manifesto pledge and we all know that the government will not break its manifesto.
Taxes are not raised directly but extra revenue is raised by using stealth measures so complicated that most people do not understand them let alone realise they are paying extra tax. I firmly believe the government knows that the 50% figure is too high and is depriving industry of 16 year old school leavers to train for a skill.
All young people seem to wrongly consider A-levels and a degree are essential, otherwise they will be classed a failure.
What is required is to train school leavers for the benefit of the UK.
The only escape route for the government to reverse the 50% promise is via the 'back door':
Raise fees to such a level that only those who want a professional qualification will do A levels and a degree, while the others train for a skill that our country requires. I firmly believe that this is the reason behind top up fees.
Brian Shemilt (M) family@shemiltb. freeserve.