George outside UWS

George outside UWS

Statistics showing that record numbers of applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds are applying to university show how important the SNP’s abolition of tuition fees has proved to people in Scotland.

The number of applicants by people from poorer backgrounds has increased by 3% to a record level of 41,080. Eighteen year olds from poorer backgrounds are now twice as likely to apply to university as they were a decade ago.

Commenting, SNP MSP George Adam who sits on the Education and Culture Committee said:

“Today’s figures are further demonstration of just how important the abolition of tuition fees has been for young people in Scotland.

“It has helped make going to university an option for more people from disadvantaged backgrounds – in contrast to the disastrous situation south of the border where tuition fees have stopped people making applications.

“Education should be based on the ability to learn, not the ability to pay – a principle that should be at the heart of Scotland’s approach to education, but which Labour’s Cuts Commission continues to jeopardise.

“With Labour warning that ‘nothing is off the table’ when it comes to what they might cut, it is clear that only the SNP are looking out for the interests of young people in Scotland.”