Rishi Sunak wants to crack down on degrees that don’t make students money

Rishi Sunak

Rishi Sunak announced his future plans to reform education after 16 years (Image: Getty)

Rishi Sunak has vowed to crack down on university degrees that fail to improve students’ “earning potential” if he becomes the next prime minister.

After attending private school at Winchester College for £45,934 a year and graduating in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) from Oxford University, the hopeful Tory leadership has big plans for further and higher education.

With the exception of nursing and other majors with “high social value,” the ex-Chancellor would rate them based on dropout rates, numbers in college-degree positions and salary thresholds.

Although no examples were given, according to the latest figures, students with degrees in languages, linguistics and antiquities have the least employable degrees.

Mr Sunak said: “A good education is the closest thing to a silver bullet when it comes to improving people’s lives.”

Should he beat Liz Truss in 10th place, the politician has promised to create a Russell Group of technical colleges.

A new British Baccalaureate is also being created under his leadership, which would require students to continue studying core subjects such as math and English until they finish school at 18.

Graduates from Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge

Students with degrees in Languages, Linguistics and Classics have the least employable degrees (Image: PA)

Mr Sunak pledged to improve teachers’ professional development and give school foundations two years of “accountability leave” after they take over underperforming schools.

He would also work to expand the use of artificial intelligence and digital technology in classrooms and reduce teachers’ workloads.

All of these changes would mean “a significant step towards equality between professional and academic education,” according to his campaign.

“These proposals will take a tougher approach to university degrees that burden students with debt without improving their earning potential,” Mr Sunak said.

“I will also take bold, practical steps to build on the successful Conservative education reforms of the last decade by harnessing technology and improving the quality of instruction in underperforming areas.

“Every child deserves a quality education and when I become prime minister I will make it my mission from day one to make sure they get that.”

In an apparent attempt to appeal to the right, Mr Sunak’s campaign said he would also speed up the Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill, which is currently in the House of Lords.

The government has argued that the bill is necessary to combat growing intolerance at universities.

However, opponents have said it aims to address a problem that doesn’t exist and could protect hate speech.

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