I think it is an unwise decision, we need to keep university for those that deserve it, not for everyone... it only cheapens degrees and lowers standards... fewer students = better teaching and support
A silly question if ever there was one.
Heh, should read... "Do you agree"
It's a ludicrous target. 50% of people don't want to go into Higher Education. What % of people carry on with study after GCSE's?
It's ridiculous because people should want to go to uni because they have a passion for a subject and want to study it for three years, not because there parents think it is the logical place for a middle-class kid to go after sixth form.
Another example of meaningless target setting by New Labour.
i think labour should be voted out...but then, the cons are just as bad...the political system sucks!
We have got to that stage where having a degree is par for the course, but sadly some delusional people just expect to walk into a well paid job just because they have a degree. I think this programme on channel 4 "that'll teach em" is so interesting because it shows how people who weren't academically gifted were properly prepared for life and given the skills to get jobs, rather than trying to push them through university under a false illusion that they will thrive afterwards. Now the education system is failing pupils with average/ below average academic ability because they get a degree, go to the job centre and get nothing, then shrug their shoulders and wonder why they did it. It's not fair on them, and not fair on the "real student" who studies a good subject at a good university because their degree is diluted by these inferior degrees.
It's typical of old Labour, so obsessed on getting "working class" kids into university that they have forgotten that universities SHOULD discrimintate, based on ability! They've taken their eye off the ball totally.
It is an absolutely ridiculous idea...I hate our government! Rather than doing proper things to help the economy of our country they do easy things to get fast statistical results so it looks like they're helping when they're not! Encouraging a ridiculous amount of people to stay in education as long as possible just makes unemployment figures look lower as people don't get a proper job until they're in their twenties. But with a degree in something like sociology from a not particularly good university, nobody will employ them!
I was watching a tv programme a while ago and they were saying that degrees don't mean anything any more so companies are increasingly feeling the need to make their own tests to choose who to employ.
Now, people are having to pay loads to go to university so it is no longer the most academically able who go....it's the people who can afford it. x
Don't forget this includes HNC, HNDS, foundation degrees etc. A lot of these are not studied at university but in HE colleges or even FE ones.