Leading article: End inequality

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The Independent Online

New figures show that adults are flocking to sign up for part-time university courses, particularly at some institutions.

New figures show that adults are flocking to sign up for part-time university courses, particularly at some institutions. In fact, they now form a staggering 41.7 per cent of the student body. But when they enrol, they find they're treated differently from the 18-year-old full-timers. They are not entitled to the same loans, and they have always had to pay fees. Moreover, they will not be part of the new top-up fee regime, which will mean they won't be able to pay deferred fees but will have to continue to pay fees up front. This is unfair. Why hasn't any political party said so?

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