Impact‘s online columnist Sam Booth muses on government plans to cut costs…
The government of our fair nation has recently announced an annual funding reduction of £398 million for British Universities. This, of course, appears to be a reasoned and logical decision considering their own promise to get 50% of the debt laden, downtrodden, and dispirited youth of this country into higher education by 2010.
One can only assume that universities will have to make one of the following decisions: cuts to courses, or a rise in fees.
What will go first? Doubtless the ever popular vocational courses offered by many universities, from hairdressing to cuticle care, will remain untouched. Silent cuts will therefore be offloaded onto the declining subjects, such as History and English.
Not a great option. Ok, let’s raise the fees! Great idea! Let’s price the vast majority of qualified young people out of the higher education system and bring back the elite, cigar smelling, whisky swilling, bygone decades of the early twentieth century. That really worked.
No matter though. As long as we are still turning out hundreds of thousands of graduates each year, regardless of the quality or subject of their degree, the British nation will be safe from the rigours of the modern globalised economy. Heaven knows, we are experts on debt. Which, when you think about it, will be handy for running a near bankrupt government.
So let’s raise a glass and toast another inspired policy from the closed doors of Westminster. Nothing like skirting the issue, while making current ones worse, for really boosting morale!