Degrees for E-Grade pupils? It's mad, says minister

Degrees for E-Grade pupils? It's mad, says minister as he blasts the 'lunacy' of accepting students who are unlikely to be suited to their studies Lord Agnew says it is 'madness' that some students are accepted to university  Told Brighton College that the Lords are looking to lower standards every week  Comes after government said it was going to toughen entry requirements  

By Jaya Narain for the Daily Mail and Eleanor Harding for the Daily Mail

Published: 02:44 BST, 3 May 2019 | Updated: 02:45 BST, 3 May 2019

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Too many students with very low grades are being allowed to go to university, a schools minister has warned.

Lord Agnew said it was ‘madness’ that students with only three E grades at A-level are being accepted on to degree courses.

He hit out at supporters of the practice, saying they only hold that view because they do not have to ‘pick up the tab’.

His comments will raise eyebrows as it is the first time a government minister has been so vocal on the issue. 

The minister has raised concerns about the wisdom of letting people with such low grades study at university (file photo)

The minister has raised concerns about the wisdom of letting people with such low grades study at university (file photo)

In December, it was revealed that the Government is thinking of tackling low entry requirements by denying student loans to youngsters with lower than three D grades.

Speaking at a conference at Brighton College yesterday, Lord Agnew said that every week he is confronted in the House of Lords by people wanting to lower standards.

He said: ‘Why are we letting kids go to universities with three Es at A-level? I mean, why? It’s a lunacy.’ He added: ‘Unfortunately there is a body of people who believe that because they never have to pick up the tab for the results of that

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