£60m yacht? That could give 45,000 students EMA, says NUS

The National Union of Students (NUS) has suggested how the estimated £60 million needed to buy a new yacht for the Queen could be spent improving FE.

Education secretary Michael Gove made the suggestion in a letter to Nick Clegg and Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt last week.

David Cameron has since rejected the proposal, saying it would be an inappropriate use of public money.

Liam Burns, President of the NUS, said: “Thankfully this ridiculous idea has already been ruled out but we felt it was important to remind Mr Gove and Mr Willetts what benefits £60 million could bring to education.”

Some of the suggestions made by the NUS include giving 45,000 students EMA for a year and continuing the improvement of college buildings.