Right to Free Education

"Higher education shall be provided free of charge for all citizens of the United Kingdom, provided they have been admitted to and not previous completed an accredited degree programme."

The right to free education for everyone, as provided in Scotland for Scottish and EU students, is essential. With tuiton fees in England having risen to around 9000 pounds for undergraduates, education becomes a matter of the size of the parents' wallet rather than the skill of the student. It goes without saying that this encourages rather than diminishes the social inequality that is still very much present in the UK. While many universities provide scholarships, these are unfortunately often awarded to students from a priviliged background who have been raised to obtain a level of confidence and eloquence that less priviliged students are unlikely to have achieved before going to university. The incredible amount of debt most students have at the end of their study puts them in the worst possible position for starting a career. Free education for everyone will give students who are not from wealthy families a much better chance to go to a (good) university and will inevitably lead to a cut back on social inequality that the UK so desperately needs.

edited on Apr 9, 2015 by Yona Lesger

Yona Lesger Apr 9, 2015

Here's a proposed wording of the clause:

"Higher education shall be provided free of charge for all citizens of the United Kingdom, provided they have been admitted to and not previous completed an accredited degree programme."

Imogen Galilee Apr 9, 2015

Would you be able to put that in the body of the main proposal? (You can still have the original proposal underneath, of course) - might make it easier to discuss?

Titus Alexander Apr 17, 2015

In principle this is a good idea but the reality is that over 50% of the population do not get higher education and making HE free privileges one form of post school learning reducing funds available for other forms, such as apprenticeships or further education. I would support free access to post-school learning without privileging one kind of institution.

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