An article on the BBC website has revealed that initial figures show that “University applications for 2012 are running at 9% below last year’s level.”
Even more concerning, is that “when overseas applications are taken out, the figures show a 12% drop in applications from UK students.”
I sincerely hope that it is being monitored what our young people are doing instead of going to University, given the huge intake drop. If people are not going to University because of choice, we cannot fail the next generation by not providing quality further education and training opportunities and support to make sure they are well equipped and have the skills necessary to enter the labour market.
Meanwhile, the One Show on BBC1, broadcasted on Monday 24th October (video only available for a limited time) revealed that when interest payments are taken into account, people who take out the maximum loan amount could find themselves paying £75,000 in debt.
Another survey has revealed that 10% will be put off going to University because of the new fees system that will start from next year onwards.
More controversy with the Tory Liberals and Universities reported in the Guardian here – LINK
So, this is what the Tory Liberals are discussing and here is what it could mean:
At the moment person A – is from a lower income family. A has to get the right grades and go through a rigorous selection process to gain a place at a top University.
Person B – is from a rich family but quite rightly has to get the right grades first. The less financially fortunate person A has to fight for his or her place, whereas person B has a rich mummy and daddy so can bypass the process that ordinary people have to go through to get a place at University.
My head tells me that they’ve been forced into looking at this because Universities have had their funding cut by 80% by the Coalition Government. Undoubtedly this must be having immediate and medium term budget pressures on Universities as the new fees system in the future will mean that it could be a number of years before Universities start getting money from student fees leaving a huge gap that will need to be filled in funding.
I hope this proposal never sees daylight.