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    With regard to the Browne report and the new Tuition Fees arrangement, I particularly support the improvement in focus on funding access to higher education for the poorest in society and that in reality, gaining one's degree for no up front or ongoing cost (except maintenance if your family have money) until earning £21,000 and then only repaying what is effectively affordable (£7/week?), has conveniently been brushed aside by the NUS smear campaign.

    However, we are not addressing the pre-conditional factors that impact on who goes to University and what Higher Education is for. The dire state of affairs in secondary state education and the erosion of quality, supplanted by quantity, is an issue which a great majority of employers have vocalised. After all, the point of education is...to get a job, and if employers don't like what secondary or higher education students are offering (on mass) then the problem is much bigger than how we all pay for it. We need the money in secondary education to be spent more wisely, the fundamental studies to be taught in more depth with a focus on development of intuitive knowledge rather than learning how to pass an exam. Lastly, we also need teaching standards to be vastly improved alongside the quality of the national curriculum.

    University should be for the most talented in society, regardless of background, age, origin and so on, and should offer higher learning in the academic subjects most needed in our economy and country. Practical trade, service sector and business skills should be taught through Colleges, Apprenticeship Schemes and NVQs, which are in dire need of investment and support in the UK and are resources that work exceedingly well in continental Europe.

    The 00's became a decade where our Government expounded the virtue that every child should have the right to an University education, perhaps regardless of merit or quality. This mirrored Thatcher's mandate in the 80's that everyone should own a home, and look where that's got us; an utterly unaffordable housing market. Again, throughout Europe long-term cheap rental is the norm.
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    Thick people don't like being told they're not clever enough for university.
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    (Original post by roblee)
    Thick people don't like being told they're not clever enough for university.
    I quite agree, the truth hurts! I don't like being told I can't have a Ferrari, but hey ho, disappointment early on prepares us for life in the big bad World after we've been jettisoned from the education system:-)
 
 
 
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