University tuition fees foolishness

If a nation wishes to compete in the world then it should invest in the education of its people. But it is not a black and white issue and there is a difference between investing in the nation’s needs and the blanket funding of everyone who wishes to go to university.

You only need to look at some of the degree courses that have been subsidised by the taxpayer in recent years to know we have not been getting value for money. Many of these courses have sprung up in response to the Labour government’s desire to get as many people through college as possible at huge cost to the taxpayer, irrespective of their career plans and probable value to the country. Here is a selection of degree courses being offered in 2011:

Fashion Accessories (BA)
Viking Studies (BA)
Sport & Exercise Studies and Third World Devt (BA/BSc)
Surf Science and Technology (BSc)
Dance & Movement Studies and Env Hazards (BA/BSc)
Peace Studies (BA)
Customised Award Scheme (BA/BSc)
Ecotourism (BSc)

Some people will argue graduation in these courses may enrich the cultural tapestry of our country. But these are not areas that will improve this country’s competitiveness against our rivals in the global marketplace, so why should taxpayers heavily subsidise students of these subjects when they will not realise a return for their money? Would it not be a better investment to subsidise students of mathematics, science, engineering, artificial intelligence, medicine, chemistry, etc? That way there are incentives for bright people to become experts in fields that have tangible benefits for this country’s trade and wealth.

All too often in this country we swing from one extreme to the other, from everything to nothing. Where is the common sense, ability to be more selective, targeting of limited resources into areas (including tuition fees and grants) where they will derive most benefit and therefore a strategic plan for this country’s future wellbeing? We should put the money where it reaps a benefit and let those who wish to indulge in an interest fund their own activities. It’s not rocket science but neither the students nor the politicians appear to get it. Both groups let down the country yesterday. As for the protests themselves, more on that in a post later today.

3 Responses to “University tuition fees foolishness”


  1. 1 Vocal Wisdom 10/12/2010 at 1:35 pm

    HOW TO MAKE THE GOVERNMENT ABOLISH TUITION FEES?
    SIMPLE…DON`T PROTEST, JUST TELL THEM.
    TELL THEM THAT SINCE THEY DON`T CARE ABOUT YOU, THE STUDENTS, THE VOTERS, YOU AS A VOTER HAVE THE RIGHT, AS WELL AS YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO
    A) DRIVE ALL THEIR MPS OUT OF YOUR CONSTITUENCIES BY VOTING FOR THE PARTY THE GOVERNMENT HATES MOST. COULD BE ANY INDEPENDENT PARTY OR EVEN THE BNP….YOU DONT HAVE TO VOTE FOR THEM BUT THE THREAT OF LOSING ALL THEIR VOTERS/ OR MAKING THE LEAST KNOWN PARTY TAKING OVER THEIR BOROUGHS/ CONSTITUENCIES, WILL GET THEM GOING. LET THEM CUT THE NUISANCE WAR BUDGET TO PAY FOR THE FUTURE GENERATIONS OF THIS COUNTRY.
    REMEMBER, THIS WILL WORK AS THEY WILL ALL CONFER IN THE GOVERNMENT WHETHER TO ABOLISH THE FEES (IF NOT BACKTRACK IT)OR LOSE ALL THEIR POTENTIAL LOCAL AND GOVERNMENTAL VOTES TO THE MOST LOATHED PARTY.
    YOU DECIDE. LIKE I SAID..YOU WON`T NEED TO GO THAT FAR BUT IF NEEDED USE YOUR DISCRETION AND SEE HOW YOU FEEL.

  2. 2 AJC 10/12/2010 at 5:18 pm

    If they had just called “Viking Studies” “Scandinavian Studies”, as they do at UCL, nobody would have questioned the degree scheme Presumably “Noggin the Nog” features heavily on the syllabus!!


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