As you guys may well know, because I’ve banged on about it in many other posts prior to this one, I’m a second year BA Business Psychology student (well by the time this is published I’ll have finished my second year and will probably be already nervous for my upcoming dissertation. As a result of this, I have quite a lot of thoughts/feelings on education. My biggest thought/feeling…?
Why isn’t it free?
Now I know that growing up in the UK in this day and age means that I’ve been privileged enough to receive much more free (and high quality) education than many, many people across the world. But the cost of education even here just irritates me. I don’t understand how I went to school with people who paid £3,000 a year but I have to pay £9,000 a year? And in reality, how much has changed? Not too long ago I sat in a lecture that had the date it was written on the title slide…2012. The students who sat through it then got their entire degree £9,000 but that’ll only get me year? Tuition fees have tripled and my uni still can’t offer me a single page of free printing? Oh I almost forgot, they’ve actually gone up again so my final year will be costing £9,250. Don’t get me wrong, I have no problem paying back my maintenance loan. My food, rent etc is no-one else’s problem but my own. It just bugs me that the politicians who decided my degree should cost £9,250 got their degrees for free. Maybe I’m being too idealistic but I just feel like anyone who’s willing to work there arse off should have access to education in order to better themselves and provide themselves with more opportunities.
Even with the ridiculous system here in the UK I know it’s even crazier in other parts of the world. I just hope this investment pays off!