And now for the good news:
"The Open University today announced a GBP £5.65 million (US $9.9 million) project to make a selection of its learning materials available free of charge to educators and learners around the world. Supported by a grant of US $4.45 million from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the University will launch the website in October 2006. "
So we can forget the funding problems for under 16 year old HEKs. We'll skip straight to university thanks, (given that the project lasts for the next 12 years or so, of course.)