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Government Stalls on Dearing Challenge

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Science  06 Mar 1998:
Vol. 279, Issue 5356, pp. 1446
DOI: 10.1126/science.279.5356.1446

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LONDON-- Last summer, within weeks of taking office, Britain's Labour government was handed a hot potato: a major report calling for fundamental reforms in Britain's higher education system. The government responded quickly on some issues and promised a full response on the rest by the fall. It took until last week for the Department for Education and Employment to issue its official response, however, and researchers were unsurprised to find that the main message was that the government needed more time.