Torturous Tuition Terrorises Teachers To-Be


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

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17 thoughts on “Torturous Tuition Terrorises Teachers To-Be

  1. This is a huge problem in the US as well. I don’t know what the conversions from UK to US money would be, but most teacher preparation programs in the US take 5 years. The university I graduated from (the most affordable in my area) now charges about $10,000 a year for tuition and fees alone. That isn’t including room and board. After paying that $50,000 to become a teacher, a first year teacher might hope to get paid $30,000 a year once they graduate. And you need to start taking classes right away in order to keep your teaching certificate, which only adds to the bill. Yet our politicians swear that they want to attract “the best and the brightest” to teaching. Who can afford it? The best and the brightest choose more lucrative careers.

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    • Wow! Five years! Does it require a prior course or degree? In the UK teachers can complete a degree in the subject they wish to specialise in and then the year long PGCE. Alternatively, those wishing to teach at Primary level complete another degree before PGCE, to the best of my knowledge as I do not know much about that area.
      The financial issues are atrocious! It seems teaching is not valued in the US or the UK which as you said, causes the brightest to also dismiss it.

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  2. It is insane. I’m doing medicine; 5 years of £9000 a year!!! I have a degree, the entirety of that cost a bit over £9000. I will however, not start a rant on the sparsity of financial support for graduates, which just makes things even worse.

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    • It really is incomprehensible, the government really did not think to sit down and work through what effect the fee increases would have on people’s lives. They justify it with the absurd claim that oh they will not have to pay fees upfront. So!? That does not make it okay! They just wanted to balance their financial issues while leaving the future of the UK to fend for themselves.
      Oh yes, graduate funding is even worse.

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      • Undergraduates don’t have to pay upfront 😉 . I remember before I started I went to get advice on finances. the best one advisor could give me was: “with your financial situation, it’s impossible, you should give up, get a job, and reapply when you’ve saved up enough.” deferring was not an option, and even if it had been, I had been in only temporary employment for the previous 2 1/2 years. (I guess I lied, I may have started a rant.)

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      • Haha are you telling me that we undergraduates have it easy compared to graduates? Well in many ways we do but we all have it hard I think.
        Personally, interest based loans are not permissible for me to deal in so it is like I have to come up with ways to pay upfront, either through borrowing from family or paying with a combination of wages, grants and parents.
        That is so annoying, it is like no one is there to help you and the only apparrent option is to waste time earning to pay for your education. That certainly is not how it should be.

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      • No, the increase affected everyone. From a personal perspective, the system of loans was infinitely more helpful for undergraduates (at least, a few years ago – literally just before the increase. I’m not aware of a significance difference now apart from the value of them, although there may be). Of course for those who can’t for whatever reason, use those, the increase was disastrous.
        I do feel very guilty for the amount I am having to rely on family etc. 😦

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      • Yes, before the increase, undergraduates had it quite easy. Even for those who could not take out a loan. (Reasons why I cannot are described in my first few posts titled A Dilemma and What to do about those dreadful fees.)

        The problem with how normal loans have become in today’s world has caused the increase in fees. That is why I think you should not have to feel guilty for relying on family members as that is what people would do when they needed assistance. Now with each person running to the nearest bank so they can buy things they want which at times leads to future problems, people do not really seek help from family or see it as embarrassing.

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      • I have a friend who also couldn’t use the loans, at the time, his family were in a position to help him. Fortunately that was before the increase, had it been £9000, I think it would have jeopardised his place at uni, in the same way it does for many students/ applicants now. Peoples futures are on the line, with the only options being, give up, or become a huge financial drain on those closest to them (who probably have very little themselves, given the current financial state of the country/ world).

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