Thoughts of the Week…

first_imgIf yet another malicious union tribunal wasn’t enough to further disillusion the ordinary student from the pathetic self-important joke that is Oxford student politics over the vacation, the latest shenanigans regarding fees probably did. Not only do further childish and futile campaigns that don’t represent the student body at large continue to go on, but the NUS posse seems hell-bent on screwing over the economy for the sake of 100% equality of opportunity. “No to tuition fees, no to topup fees, no to graduate tax, yes to a non-means-tested living grant for every student in further and higher education”: these are the wishes of incoming president Kat Fletcher. That means yes to an escalating surplus of unneeded graduates, yes to further depriving the economy of essential vocationally skilled workers, and yes to every degree student leaving with an even more worthless qualification. The democratic result of the recent OUSU referendum, to solve the funding crisis by decreasing student numbers, is spot on. Restoring the value of an academic degree by making intelligence a factor again whilst promoting ‘accessibility to all’ is surely reasonable. After all, everyone deserves the opportunity to attend university – provided they’re good enough, that is. That excludes a large chunk of predominantly arts students in institutions at the lower end of the league tables. Such candiadates are likely to be better off in the world of relevant vocational courses or apprenticeships than becoming yet another ‘spare’ graduate. As for tuition fees, it is baffling that many who complain of being skint spend the vacations voluntarily dossing instead of productively earning; only to while away the term whining constantly about their overdraft limit whilst treating themselves to a night on the town every other day. Higher education is a privilege for those who deserve it, not a right for all.ARCHIVE: 1st week TT 2004last_img

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