Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for uni students, are once again in the news (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/7946912.stm). The vice-chancellors are calling for fees of between 4k-20k ouch. This is shocking no way will I be able to follow my dream of becoming a doctor if these fees are introduced and that’s with a supportive middle class family.

Just a quick question for your thoughts, how would you feel if all your doctors, lawyers etc came from rich families? Part of the personal statement we write for application to medicine is about showing your understanding of the width and challenges of medicine.

How are doctors going to be able to relate to patients when all of their life they have been brought up in a life of extreme privilege, as this is what will happen if fees rise so high that the majority of students cant afford them. I know I find it hard to relate to students that literally have to scrap by on smart price food and hardly ever go out as that is all they can afford. Now imagine how hard it would be to relate if a simple phone call to daddy got you the latest land rover, hand bag, phone, clothes etc things these people can only dream about.

The governments target of 50% of students in higher education will go straight out of the window if these fees are introduced.

I should really be typing up my lab report for cell biology however I seem to have become very easy to distract since the start of uni. Its would have also been mine and my ex-bf 3year anniversary today meaning im not in the right mood to work but needs must.

I have also applied to two more HCA jobs and a job as a ambulance care assistant which although the job description is very vague sounds interesting. Fingures crossed I get one of these

1 comment:

blatesas said...

Tuition fees, for first degrees, are only repayable once the student is working post graduation and earning as specified minimum amount. The fees are then deducted as gradual repayments in the same way the student loans are. Therefore, higher tuition fees shouldn't be a barrier to anyone going to university, regardless of their background.

I appreciate it won't help you applying for medicine as a second degree - but you only have to pay the first year of fess for grad entry anyway.

Nobody has to pay their tutition fees upfront for their first degree, so I really don't see why tuition fees are much of an issue.