University fees have risen to £9,000 a year although competition to get into UK Universities has not decreased. 200,000 applicants are expected not to gain places in universities. With opportunities to gain a job increasingly harder as unemployment is at dramatic rise. Where does this leave the UK’s youth?
Some universities are charging more than the minimum £9,000 a year fee could this seen as an opening for the rich to remain rich and be among the higher educated where those from lower income backgrounds to suffer through the education system losing their dreams as a result.
The great poor, rich divide is as clear now as it has ever been the poor are less likely to be educated to a degree level and are more likely to choose a life of crime.
What are the options for today’s youth? Well the answer is there is not many, be born into rich parents. An option is to aim high work hard get the highest grades and try and get a scholarship at a good university. Young people could try getting into a trade such as plumbing to access employment only if your aspirations are to be a doctor this may not be a viable proposition.
The education system is failing its young people and leaving them with not many options. Lower class universities will fail as a result of fewer students through their doors and unemployment will increase further.
However the increase of university fees have been justified as it will remove ‘wasters’ who go to university to waste time rather than enter employment, however the statistics show that the number of applicants has not changed with the increase fees suggesting that those who want to go to university are not been put off. This suggests determination by those wanting to be educated in the hope of bettering themselves also implying that there is a ‘fight’ to change the poor rich divide still within education.
The increase in tuition fees will also have an impact on certain professions with people taking fewer risks to gain qualifications in which they may struggle to find employment or have to pay back such a large debt which may not have an equal reward.
The Economy debt has also increased through higher student loans; so far this increase has not deterred students from applying to universities therefore there has not been an increase in borrowed money from prospective students, adding further debt to the UK’s economy. This has failed to have the desired effect in saving money as there will not be fewer students as predicted there would be.
Unemployment is also increasing the debt of the economy through the payment to those seeking job seekers allowance, leaving young people minimal choice but to take up this option if they cannot get university places.
Has this been a fatal floor on behalf of those who have decided to raise university tuition fees and has it just achieved anything other than making the UK economy deficit increasingly higher?
What do you think about the economy and the education system, do you think making fees more expensive and universities harder to get into money will be saved? Do you agree? Feel free to comment.