- United States
United Kingdom (UK) House of Lords Science and Technology Committee recently issued a report thoroughly criticizing the country’s immigration policies and education system for badly influencing the scientific education system of the country.
The committee took serious notice of the impact of the current immigration policies the UK Home Office has introduced on the inflow of foreign students.
The report said that the UK government must clarify that the immigration reforms aimed at reducing the net migration rate of the country do not include foreign students. Such a notion is bound to send a negative impression to the world that the United Kingdom is not welcoming foreign students in its Universities. The committee also said that if necessary measures to distinguish student immigrants from all others are not made, then the government will itself be contradicting with its own aims of promoting economic progress in the country.
The report also discussed the incompetence of UK’s science education system and criticizes it from the secondary level up to university. The committee emphasized that the quality measure of the students education and expertise must be kept above all, particularly above the quantity measure. The committee also notified that the current reforms in the education system of the country, including rise in tuition fees, and to the immigration policies for foreign students are aggravating the situation instead of controlling it.
The report said that the current situation of the system was so confusing that it was next to impossible for them to ascertain the actual discrepancy that was causing such an adverse effect, but concurred that it had something to do with incompatibility of systems. It also insisted that the education system must introduce such conditions that would make it compulsory for all students in school to study mathematics at least up to the age of 18. This was necessary because Universities have been complaining of students lacking basic knowledge who come from secondary schools.
Moreover, the report points out the lack of any proper measures to coordinate between universities and employers to ensure that the University’s outflow is concentrated on the market conditions currently prevailing.
All the same, the reports main idea was to draw much needed attention of the concerned authorities and officials towards the disintegrating condition of the United Kingdom’s overall education system, which is continuously inconsistent with the country’s employee market needs.
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