Of course students prefer free education - but there's implications by the Tory plan.
Education costs. In a more ideal world, with no Tory party, universities could be properly funded via income tax. However, there are many other public services with many demands - so if tax was raised, no sensible government would shove it all into higher education when people still come out of school with under 5 GCSEs.
So the choice is this - pay a relatively small amount once you're earning and allow more people the opportunity to go to university; or be selfish, cut university funding and places - and hope that your children make it into the few good universities remaining.
Having started repaying the ?11,000 i have borrowed over 3 years at the extortionate rate of about ?1 per week, i'm grateful that my debt is low by a lot of people's standards.
I am in favor of direct borrowing, where the amount i repay is equivalent to the amount i have borrowed, but i am opposed to an indescriminate graduate tax. I am a firm believer in a "user pays" methodology, with the caveats that repayment must be linked to borrowing, and structured such that it makes no impact on low earners such as those entering pulic service, charitable works or simply cannot find a suitable graduate job.
However I think that people who undertake useless degrees (ala. Surfing Studies) and the like, which have no impact on further employment should not be subsidised by the government. The target of 50% of people entering higher education is unrealistic, and serves only to dilute the pot for those undertaking the more rigourous degree disciplines. The decline of Polytechnics and vocational courses means that practical subjects less suited to formal Degrees are being taught on the same level as theoretical disciplines.
I would suggest that any government should abandon such an artificial statistical target, refocus on Vocational Courses, supported by industry and leave University degrees to the more traditional subjects.
Can someone PAY for the Andy Heeps strapline to be removed from the Live! website, it's making me positively want to leave! How much does it cost to get it substituted? Can anyone tell me!!!! Hasn't he left yet?
"The decline of Polytechnics and vocational courses means that practical subjects less suited to formal Degrees are being taught on the same level as theoretical disciplines."
But don't forget polytechnics taught "academic" subjects as well - English Literature, Art etc were fixtures of polytechnics. And Polytechnics awarded degrees - so I think you need to check your facts there before misrepresenting what polytechnics actually did.
If someone does a degree in Golf Course management and gets a job as a golf course manager - wheres the problem..
"If someone does a degree in Golf Course management and gets a job as a golf course manager - wheres the problem.."
I'd would have said the problem is that I'm sure you learn a lot more about managing a Golf Course by actually doing it.
As anyone who has already Graduated knows a degree is only part of what is needed to be good at your job. I don't think some courses need three years of study to do them but do need many many years of training. The two are different