Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Strangely political...

This afternoon I attended a Higher Education meeting at work (you see, I do have a job - and occasionally do work there). Normally I just fall asleep or doodle in these meetings, but today it was quite interesting.

As you may or may not know, from 2006 students will have to pay up to £3000 a year to attend university or HE colleges. These institutions will be able to charge whatever they like up to the maximum of £3000, and will have the power to charge different students different rates for the same course. Interesting... So what is expected to happen is that when they fail to fill their courses with full fee students they will have special 'clearing sales' in August. One student in a lecture may well be paying three times as much as another student on the same course - a bit like buying airline tickets. Now, is it just me or does that seem a bit wrong?

Also, it seems that student grants are making a comeback. Means-tested payments of up to £2500 a year and not a loan - just like the old days. But hang on, in the old days students didn't graduate £12000 in debt with tuition fees alone, did they? What is the point, I mean, really, what is the point??


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