Ok, I have a question for EMA recievers- would you think it was fairer that everyone recieved it? Or would you have a problem with it, because we apparently have "rich parents" (which is totally untrue by the way).
Surely you can see how it's unfair to the people that don't recieve it?
I have a question, if ema is to help people get to school, get stationary etc, why do they get 'bonuses' ? for all that extra equipment they need?
I think it is an effective way of encouraging students from non-tradtional backgrounds into FE, yes. Many will be desperate to earn some money (they won't have had the material advantages wealth can bring and this can make them short sighted when they are faced with a decision to work or study) and then many never go back into education. Plus they are less likely to have attended a school which encouraged FE and more likely to come from families who don't either.
Clearly the government has decided it is better for the economy for them to go into FE, hence the 'bribe'.
There are other reasons why these children tend to leave education at 16 of course, and it is not necessarily the case that they can't or won't benefit from FE. If EMA helps then, then yes, it is a good investment.
There has always been drop outs and there still will be, from students with EMA and without. I think it would be interesting to compare the drop out rates too, taking factors other then EMA into consideration too of course.
There are downsides with the system though - there always is with these things.
i got ema during sixth form, i think it's great
but that's obviously because i was getting £30 a week for free and the odd £100 bonus here and there
don't have an opinion on the other stuff like whether it's good that some get it and some don't or whatever, too many sides to consider, my head hurts. probably yes though. i don't know what i'm saying yes to, but yes seems positive? so yes.
It's a complete waste of money. How about providing funding for textbooks etc to be bought through the school at no charge to the poorer pupils, or encouraging bus companies to offer student rates?
That would ensure that the money was going to good use, and that it was being used for its original purpose.