The Secretary of State has said that university tuition fees needs review, and that the debate needs to become a part of “national conversation.”
What He Said
Damian Green, the new secretary of state, has said that the debate about university tuitions and fees needs to come back and needs to be a part of a “national conversation.” He also said that the Tories needs to “change hard,” if it wants to attract the younger generation away from the Labour party.
He said that tuition and fees kept increasing and that it is “clearly a huge issue.” “I think in the long term we’ve got to show that they are getting value for the money.”
“If we want to have 40 per cent plus of people going to university and if we want those university courses actually to be valuable, which I think is where the strain is often taken in European universities – you actually look at the teaching that you get in some European universities, you have lecture halls with 600 people in and things like that – it’s not actually as good a teaching and learning experience as you get in this country.
“If you wanted to say you want to reduce [fees] then either fewer people go to university or the experience would be less.
He also said “the only other way you can get extra money to go in, if you wanted the same number of people, the same kind of teaching, would be to take it from working people through their taxes.
“Governments have to take money from everyone at work and companies that provide jobs to provide those essential services.And it may well be that this is a national debate that we need to have.”
College tuition fees has been a particularly hot topic over the past few years, as they have been increasing non-stop over the last two decades. Not just that, jobs that were previously available to high school graduates are now only offered to college graduates, and those previously available for college graduates are now available for ones that have a graduate degree.
With increasing tuitions as well as increasing “education” inflation- higher education standards needed to get good paying jobs- citizens have become more nervous about their financial future.
In 2010, the “Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government” had voted to raise the cap, previously at an annual £3,000 fee, protests and riots erupted. Green said that the party needs to have “affordable homes and job creation” at the center of their strategy to attract younger voters.