I should have known but this piece of information still shocked me. I was talking to my friend as we sat eating in our lunch break, yes I was working today along with many people in Tesco, Subway and other such places which do not bother to close on Easter Sunday, or tomorrow for that matter. I work in a tuition centre so they tend to ignore days traditionally seen as days to shut up shop.
Anyway, my friend who is graduating from university this year told me that his PGCE will cost £9,000! It is the teaching qualification course in the UK which means there is very little way around it if you want to go into teaching. This means teachers will be left with debts of over £36,000 (excluding maintenance loans) upon graduating which completely destroys the government’s apparent plan to attract graduates from higher ranking universities. They claim they want to make teaching more attractive but then smash a £9,000 price tag on top! Ridiculous.
The irony of this is that my friend payed the lesser amount for his degree so his PGCE will cost him the entire amount of his degree. That is what he gets for being born two years late while I will be served with a much larger loan for being born into this age.
As the dear old anarchist William Godwin said when he turned the social contract theory on its head, we haven’t had the freedom to decide which state we were born under and so owe it nothing. Then again, if the state ceased to exist, would education be better? I don’t think so as I am arguing for the state to play a larger role in further education.
So dear UK government, (and every other government for that matter) please spend our taxes more wisely, we do not really care about how many missiles you have stockpiled, we care about our education and our future.
A Worried Student