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Elite – The UK’s Higher Education System
By Shane Clarke
London Correspondent
Mr. Richard Lambert, CBI director general

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has said that university students in the UK should pay more for their loans and accept higher tuition fees.

Commenting on a new report published by the CBI’s task force, Richard Lambert, CBI Director General said, “To preserve the quality of university teaching and research, the report warns that if cuts have to be made, they should be focused on what, by international standards, are generous levels of funding for student support.”

Translation: “Sting those who can least afford it even harder, and ensure that an already elitist system further disadvantages those who need it most.”

For the silver spoon brigade, whose place at the best universities is almost guaranteed at birth – regardless of whether their IQ qualifies them for Oxford or the Special Olympics – these cuts make not the slightest bit of difference. They don’t need to worry about funding, or student loans.

A spokesperson at the CBI said they are “not saying people shouldn’t be helped. There should still be support for those who need it.” This source later talked about means-testing, saying it should play a more central role in deciding who would get such support. However, the fact that means-testing is even necessary highlights exactly who will suffer most at the hands of these proposals.

William van-Richboy III, son of the CEO of Big Multinational Corporation PLC, doesn’t need to be means-tested. He will be utterly unaware that such things exist, because daddy will be paying for his education as a formality prior to him being guaranteed a good job with excellent prospects in a blue-chip company, and a Ferrari to drive to work in. Student loans for him are the monies he borrows from daddy for his gap year tour of the Far East, and tuition fees are what he pays the nerd down the hall to write his assignments for him.

These proposals will do nothing more than make it harder for the lower-income areas of society to better themselves, discouraging them from going to university and further widening the ever-increasing gap between the upper and lower echelons of society. However, let’s face it, that’s exactly what William van-Richboy III and his family want.



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Shane Clarke serves as London Correspondent for The Seoul Times. He has been involved in humanitarian work for numerous years. He’s also a freelance management consultant. Having completed an honors degree in Law at Wolverhampton University, he then moved on to an MBA at Warwick Business School. He’s heavily involved in the fight against international parental child abduction to Japan.

 

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