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Blair: Prioritise post-Covid education with new universities

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Tony Blair argues for expansion of higher education beyond 50 per cent target

Former prime minister Tony Blair has called for more universities to be created in towns without an institution of their own, as he defended his pledge for 50 per cent of young people to go to university.

In a report from his Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, Blair and former Labour education minister Andrew Adonis argue that returning to the then-Labour government’s 1999 pledge to focus on “education, education, education” was “imperative” for the current Conservative government, given the disruption to teaching and learning during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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