‘How will you fund it?’ Labour MP slammed over party ‘playing politics’ with UK students

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Tens of thousands of students in England received their A-level and GCSE results on Tuesday after exams were cancelled for the second year in a row due to the pandemic. Labour MP Peter Kyle has hit out at the Government’s “complete shambles” over assessment grades last year. But he was accused of “playing politics” over the system by the talkRADIO host.

Speaking to talkRADIO, Mr Kyle said: “Last September we called for a Plan A and a Plan B that were castiron. We said there needs to be a blended assessment and that needs to be in place with a clear framework by September last year.

“The Government didn’t do it and the result was a complete shambles, U-turn after U-turn.

“They’ve actually ended up doing the system we said should have been in place.

“If our plan had been in place last year, we wouldn’t be in the mess we’re in today.”

Host Mr Max interjected: “All I’m hearing is hindsight. You’re playing politics with children’s lives and children education.

“For example, would you pay teachers more, would you recruit more teachers. How are you going to fund it?”

Mr Kyle continued: “The Labour had a plan going forward. We have passed a child catch-up plan that was a £14billion multi-year programme that would invest in teacher training.”

He noted the money would be coming from Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Covid budget.

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It comes as a record number of students have been accepted on to UK degree courses this year, Ucas figures show.

A total of 435,430 people, from the UK and overseas, have had places confirmed, up 5 percent on the same point last year, according to data published by the university admissions service.

Among UK applicants, 388,230 have been accepted – an 8 percent rise compared with results day last year.

A record 395,770 students have also been accepted on to their first choice of full-time course in the UK, up 8 percent from 365,500 at the same point in 2020.

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The figures come on the day that students across England, Wales, and Northern Ireland are receiving their A-level results, and students across Scotland are receiving their Highers results.

The Ucas data shows that 245,330 18-year-olds from across the UK have been accepted onto degree courses, up 17 percent on the same point last year.

More than a third (34.1 percent) of British 18-year-olds have taken up places, up from 30.2 percent in 2020.

The data also shows a record 20.7 percent of all British 18-year-olds from the most disadvantaged backgrounds in the UK have an undergraduate place.

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