Re: Graduates too poor to pay back student loans
I have always been against free tertiary education because in my experience those who don't pay for their education don't value it. I've sat in too many classes with people who just don't understand how priviledged they are to be there, who are totally disinterested in anything the course has to offer, and who do their best to ruin it for everyone else in the room by chatting, texting, eating crisps, flirting or just simply not participating because they haven't opened a book in weeks.
However, to be saddled with a massive student loan is a terrible way to start your working life - can't we come up with innovative ways to keep down the cost of education? Some way to keep prices down but to also help and support in the repayment of the fees?
There are students who spend the first 8 to 10 years after graduation desperately trying to pay off these loans, surely they put a handbrake on the whle economy?