Friday, September 30, 2011

Tuition fees come at a cost

I'm no politician and by no means do I claim to have a wealth of knowledge about the UK education system (other than having a mother and two brothers who are all teachers that's about where I max out). However, I feel it doesn't take a genius to appreciate that the UK economy is supported primarily by the tertiary sector.

Therefore, to me, it seems an incredibly irresponsible move to increase tuition fees to £9,000 per year, deterring (and even stopping in some cases) students from continuing in further education, undermining the UK's dominant resource, i.e. it's workforce.

Especially when in the past, investors have been discouraged from investing in emerging markets such as Brazil due to its lower standard of education and Brazil has a strong primary and secondary sector to lean on. Surely, this should then set an example to government that education is the one area that fiscal policy shouldn't touch, if the UK economy is realistically going to improve in the long-term and avoid a double-dip recession?

Rant over.

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