Monday, 24 April 2017
Bring Back Student Grants?
Why? And paid for by whom? By their contemporaries who got up at five or six o'clock in the morning, so that students did not have to go to bed, or at least to sleep, until scarcely, if at all, earlier than that?
Ah, happy days, happy nights, and I am not apologising for a single second of them.
But we either fund Higher Education all the way up to doctoral level, and there are countries that do, thereby recognising what it is and, more importantly, what it is not, which is anything to do with "what business wants" and such like.
Or we make students pay all the way through, even if by deferral in some or all cases.
More important than any of this, however, is the need to establish the principle that whatever privileges were enjoyed by students in Further and Higher Education ought also to be enjoyed by their peers who were apprentices or trainees, and vice versa.
With publicly owned enterprises, national and municipal, setting the vocational training standards for the private sector to match.