Commenting on today’s A level results, Norwich North MP Chloe Smith said:
'There are good results today for Norwich schools, colleges and students. I really congratulate everyone who’s worked hard and got the results they need.
'But following their results, a lot of students do face worries about university or college places. The government needs to be clear about how many places are available and how they will be funded in the future. First of all they reduced the number of university places, then offered only unfunded places and are now threatening to fine universities that over-recruit. That’s hardly the action of a government that really supports people who work hard and aspire to do well.
' Regarding student fees, I know it can be daunting to face debt, especially in an uncertain jobs market. That said, I had a student loan myself from university that I’m still paying off, partly because I think it’s worth seeing education as an investment. I call on the government to get on with their review of tuition fees and make it a cross-party matter.
' I would also like to see much greater help for people trying to enter the jobs market locally and nationally. We should have more apprenticeships and a simpler further education system. We also need a proper National Loan Guarantee Scheme to help get credit flowing, and I’d like to see tax breaks for companies which create new jobs.'