The real problem with tuition fees is that they are largely a PFI scheme, designed to get the debt off the government's books for a while
— Jonathan Calder (@lordbonkers) February 27, 2015
Friday, February 27, 2015
Why haven't tuition fees deterred young people from going to university?
But this is not the argument that was most often deployed against introducing and then increasing tuition fees.
Those who opposed them said that fees would deter young people from going to university. But today we are told that there are more students in British universities than ever and, in particular, more students from poorer backgrounds.
So why have tuition fees failed to deter people from going to university?
I can think of three possible reasons, though no doubt there are more.
The first is that young people are optimistic. Even if tuition fees are a burden, they assume that they personally do well, get a good job and have no money worries.
The second is that the new system really is better than the old one and young people have realised this and gone to university without a care.
The third is that it is now next to impossible to get an interview for many jobs without having a degree. So however bad the system is, young people have to put up with it.
I fear this last reason may be the most powerful and that the phenomenon of graduates in non-graduate jobs will becoming an increasing problem in future years.