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ajs261's Avatar Jump to comment 53 by ajs261

If we lived in an ideal world, surely tuition fees could be free.

30 years ago, the argument that university education should be free for the good of society would have struck a chord with me. But with the advent of non-rigorous courses at dozens of universities that should not exist in esteemed subjects such as "waste management," and "equestrian psychology," I can no longer agree.

Frankly, half of the people I went to school with should not have gone to university. They do little work until an hour before the exams and still come out with a 2.1. Much of what they study COULD have been found elsewhere. I find that detracts from the many talented people who would benefit from study under distinguished academics.

Trust me - as an engineering student at Cambridge, just reading things off google (while very useful at times!) is no substitute for a (rigorous) university education. I personally find that patronising.

It may be unfair to charge people for university but it is also grossly unfair to charge the people realistic enough to accept that university is not for them for people to go to university and do absolutely no work whatsoever for three years. Tuition fees (introduced and then tripled by the Labour government, not the "evil" Tories do not forget) are trying to balance the two.

I also found the £18,000 price tag a little unfortunate but perhaps I am pragmatic enough to accept that , whilst the higher education system in the UK is in the mess it is (thanks to blunders of both Labour and the Conservatives), such things may be necessary. I find self-righteous comments and brazenly ideological statements are much more part of the problem, not the solution.

I wish we had a more pragmatic and less tribal electorate. But pigs can fly.

Sun, 05 Jun 2011 19:38:32 UTC | #634363