Oh, like a degree means you earn a good living! Even the most dimwitted people in Britain are starting to question what use a degree will be if 50% of people have one. And howcome call centres are full of graduates and plumbers and plasterers with no qualifications are earning loads? The Government wants to expand higher education because: 1) It creates a new industry with new jobs 2) It gets 50% of people 18-21 off the dole queue so "lowers" unemployment 3) It creates LOADS of lovely DEBT for the working man, and thus makes the rich people who own banks RICHER. Personally my degree has not been worth �2k let alone �20k. j
But top-up fees are not the way to do it. Starting young people off with huge debts in a time when houses are already unaffordable is just creating a time bomb. It's also massively unfair, because people from middle class backgrounds have to pay through their tuition fees for the poor students to not have to pay them back, even once they're earning. So the poor students wont have so much debt, and the rich students will have their parents pay it off for them, and the middle class students will be stuck with the largest sum, giving them a long term disadvantage. You can either take it straight out of the higher rates of taxation. or You can create a graduate tax, where for the 20 years following graduation you pay 1 or 2 % more tax. I prefer to create a system where every university gets a fixed amount per student from the government and also a residual amount from every graduate still within the 20 years, through a graduate tax. Thus if they consistently produce graduates who earn more they will get more money. And those who takes their degrees to high paying jobs will pay more than someone who goes into a public service job. I also agree that the 50% target is pointless. People are just being shipped to university and they are getting degrees without much effort or learning much. You have to be really really stupid to fail at university.
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I agree with John, we have too many people doing Micky Mouse degrees which provide little benefit (you can get a degree in Star Trek for gods sake!!) or go to Uni for 3 years of getting piss#d up. I don't hold with the argument that you should get as many into higher education as possible as this leaves a skills shortage lower down (many plumbers in London are on �50k plus), and why do we need 80% of our population to have degrees? Nowadays having a degree is of little benefit, you need to have a Masters, MBA etc. before anyone takes notice. By making it more expensive more people will think twice about it and may just go out and get a job instead, but those who do will be provided a higher quality education. Cheers Sam
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