Bury North MP James Frith, who was officially confirmed as a member of Parliament’s influential Education Select Committee this week, has welcomed the committee’s first inquiry into value for money in higher education.

The inquiry, launched Friday, will ask whether students and taxpayers get value for money from higher education and will explore outcomes for graduates, social justice and the progression of disadvantaged students and quality of teaching in our universities.

This comes after the committee’s first meeting in Parliament this week, which established a focus on social justice and productivity in the committee’s work programme for 2017-18.

James said:

“I’m looking forward to getting stuck in to my role on the Education Select Committee with this important inquiry into higher education. Students are now paying fees of £9,000 per year and leaving university with a mountain of debt and it is right that we assess whether both they and taxpayers are getting value for money and whether graduates are seeing any benefit from their investment.

“I’m pleased that my colleagues and I have agreed to focus on social justice and productivity in the committee’s work programme. How our education system helps to improve young people’s lives and equip them for the world of work is a key priority for me and I plan to seek input from a wide range of voices to develop policy proposals and ask tough questions of Ministers to hold the government to account.

“I will be a champion for the young people of Bury, Tottington and Ramsbottom and a strong voice for our schools, colleges and training institutions on the national stage.”

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