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Paying for Education - the benefits of fees

Parents are tackling universities over poor grades and lack of teaching time as they seek better value for money from their children’s degrees.

As students increasingly turn to their families to help with tuition fees, Baroness Deech, head of the student complaints watchdog, has given warning that parental disgruntlement will escalate. ..

So as parents prepare to pay off their children’s fees to spare them years of debt, they are beginning to question what they are getting for their money....

...students are already seeking better value for money.

Last month, students at the University of Bristol complained after learning that they were to have two hours’ lecture time a week in their final year, instead of a promised six.

And this is being reported as though it bad news? Universities are no different to butchers, bakers and candlestick makers - the consumer should be demanding a bloody good deal, and the fact the lecturers and administrators don't like it is tough.


I have mixed thoughts on this.

When I was at uni (as an "arts" student) we got hardly any (relevant) lectures so we were per force auto-didacts (or not as the case may be). It was different as I think you are aware for scientists who whilst they may have had a heavier and perhaps more demanding workload also had a a more structured regime.

I have taught in the post-graduate sector quite recently and was struck not only by the high expectations students had of staff and the institution (a good thing) but also by the excessive spoon feeding of students. The latter included bending over backwards to give students the benefit of the doubt where assessment was concerned. Whilst there may be an issue of getting value for money, it can be counter-productive.

I think the average degree is nothing more than a money raising device along the lines of indulgences sold off by the Catholic church so many years ago. I would also like to know why I am expected (by law apparently) to support my offspring at university and yet I cannot deduct the tuition fees from my tax. Nearly every other developed nation offers tax incentives on education... but not greedy Gordon.

It all seems rather patronising, that parents who've paid for the blasted thing should be grateful with what they've received as a result.

But when you read that 1/3rd of all complaints were upheld, that doesn't exactly paint a picture of a abundance of deluded mothers writing in.

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