I certainly don’t like the idea that having a degree could see me paying extra tax for life. Neither do I like the idea that this extra tax could be funding thousands of Media Studies students and their binge drinking habits.
Forgive the flippancy in that last sentence, but I think that the Labour target of 50% of people going to University is ridiculous, and attaches a stigma to those who don’t. I might have been able to scrape my way through a Physics degree, but I can’t do anything practical to save my life. We’re all different. I’d much rather see investment in useful non-academic qualifications than University places for the sake of meeting targets which sound good.
I understand that there is a need to review funding for the education system. But I have worked hard for my qualifications, and as I look out of my window at the many truant kids on my street and think about the fact that taxes pay for their housing and their Sky TV, I can think of better ways of fixing the financial problems than ‘Graduate Taxation.’