University Fees

Since tuition fees were introduced, the number of poor students attending university has actually increased rather than diminished.

This amply demonstrates that people who are bright enough to get to university are also bright enough to figure out that a university education is worth it.

There is, of course, a problem in that nearly half of all student places are taken by those from the richest fifth of the population – double the proportion 30 years ago.

The reason for this is not tuition fees but the disastrous experiments with state schooling and the fact that many more middle-class women are going to university.

I trust no-one would advocate that qualified middle-class women should be prevented from going to university to ensure that a larger number of working-class men end up there.


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