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Stevehill's Avatar Jump to comment 18 by Stevehill

I really can't agree with the posters above who say why bother with a degree when you can watch YouTube... is Britain really that dumbed down now?

This college is not subsidised, and seems to be charging a fair rate in the circumstances. The fact that a state-funded university is not allowed to charge more than £9,000 a year (to UK students) does not mean that the provision of some courses doesn't cost several times that. Do you want it good or do you want it cheap?

Given the public sector cuts and the general dumbing down of Britain's universities, with arse-end fifth-rate polyversities like Hatfield Polytechnic (as was) now calling themselves the University of Hertfordshire, it is inevitable that some places are going to take a stand for better standards, and that has to be in the private sector.

You are free of course to sit with your head in a bucket and argue that all higher education should, "morally" be free, and until it is you aren't playing. And it's your right to remain uneducated as a result.

Sun, 05 Jun 2011 17:24:28 UTC | #634294