Official data has found that the number of older students in higher education has dropped since 2013 when they had to start funding their own studies. The data, published by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, has found that there has been a 27.9 percent drop in the number of people over the age of 25 on such courses.
The number of people over the age of 19 in higher education on such courses as an undergraduate business management degree has fallen, according to the data reported in this BBC article, by 10.7 percent between the years of 2012-13 and 2013-14. It is feared that this drop in older students pursuing higher education will interfere with the UK’s economic recovery.
Education charity, the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, has said “The situation is stark. Today’s overwhelmingly disappointing figures reinforce our call for urgent and radical action to address skills gaps and skills shortages.”
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