Meanwhile the government is looking to further reduce its contribution to what is undoubtably a public good, as well as private benefit. (Emphasis added)Unfortunately education isn't a public good. For the record, a public good is a good which is non-rival and non-excludable. Put simply this means that the consumption of the good by one individual does not reduce the amount of the good available for consumption by others and no one can be effectively excluded from using the good. Clearly this definition fails for education, as it is easy to exclude people from receiving it, for example.
I wonder if merit good is meant rather than public good?