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Prioritising Education and Skills

20th Dec, 14

Prioritising Education and Skills

– UKIP will remove tuition fees for students taking STEM subjects in approved degrees in science, medicine, technology, engineering, maths (STEM) on the condition that they live, work and pay tax in the UK for five years after the completion of their degrees.  This will be subject to academic performance.

– UKIP will scrap the target of 50% of school leavers going to university.

– UKIP will introduce an option for students to take an Apprenticeship Qualification  instead of four non-core GCSEs which can be continued at A-Level. Students can take up apprenticeships in jobs with certified professionals qualified to grade the progress of the student. 

– Students from the EU will pay the same student fee rates as International students.

– UKIP supports the principle of Free Schools that are open to the whole community and uphold British values.

– Existing schools will be allowed to apply to become Grammar schools and select according to ability and aptitude. Selection ages will be flexible and determined by the school in consultation with the local authority.  

– Schools will be investigated by OFSTED on the presentation of a petition to the Department for Education signed by 25% of parents or governors.

– We will ensure foreign health service professionals coming to work in the NHS are properly qualified and can speak English to a standard acceptable to the profession.

– UKIP will amend working time rules to give trainee doctors, surgeons and medics the proper environment to train and practise.

To find out more about all UKIP's latest policies click on Policies for People

VIDEO Paul Nuttall MEP - Education spokesperson at UKIP Conference Sept, 2014

Schools in England face finding places for almost a million additional pupils over the next decade, and council leaders have warned there is not enough money or space to expand.  Official figures show that an estimated 900,000 extra pupils will require school places in England by 2023 - a figure that the Local Government Association has warned could leave schools at a "tipping point".  Only by leaving the EU and controlling our borders can we have any hope of stablising this massive over demand and pressure on school places.

Recent findings show that typical graduate jobs are saturated with supply, ‘Nearly half of recent graduates were working in a non-graduate role, while a third were working in a low skilled role’, and it becomes clear how out-of-kilter education is with economic needs.