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Failed graduates to get free holidays

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SomeGuy Sat 01-Aug-09 15:59:41

What a piss take.

news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8179565.stm

Too many people going to university has meant end of the grant, loans, tuition fees, and now there are no jobs for all the graduates in Media Studies, etc. we have to pay for them to do 'gap years' as well.

Tortington Sat 01-Aug-09 16:01:54

its only 500 - its not like every student

Janos Sat 01-Aug-09 16:09:54

"Too many people going to university has meant end of the grant, loans, tuition fees"

That only applies in England and Wales. They're still available in Scotland.

And £500 isn't going to get anyone very far on a gap year. Maybe a long weekend in Paris?

TheCrackFox Sat 01-Aug-09 16:12:28

I wouldn't mind a long weekend in Paris. grin

Hassled Sat 01-Aug-09 16:12:56

But the article says: "...graduates must raise £1000, buy their own flights and cover the cost of vaccinations to be eligible.

Applicants will have to prove an overseas expedition would be beyond their means without the bursary. "

Fair enough as far as I'm concerned - and £500 a damn sight less than a year on benefits, plus they're learning new skills, plus they're hopefully doing something worthwhile.

But you're right that the government's ambitions of getting just about every child with at least one brain cell into university
regardless of whether it was worth either their while, or society's while, has come back to haunt them - there are just no jobs there. My DS1 will graduate in 2010 with a debt of about £20K (that's just what I know about), and will be bloody lucky to get a job. If someone wants to give him (or someone like him) some money to do something productive, then that's fine by me.

Janos Sat 01-Aug-09 16:22:52

Me too CrackFox

I agree that Universities are now oversubscribed to the point where some degrees are almost valueless.

sarah293 Sat 01-Aug-09 16:40:36

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