Saturday, July 13, 2013

(2) Writing task 2: Free Higher Education

Students should pay the full course on their university studies rather than have free higher education provided by the state. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?

Nowadays, university or college qualifications are one of the most important requirements for decent careers. Some suggestions arise to ease the struggle of young people by providing them free higher education, yet others believe they should pay them on their own rather than letting the state do that for them.  Personally, I do support free higher education.

First thing that has to be considered is, higher education is extremely expensive. Getting a degree is the main struggle for young people nowadays. Some are born in wealthy family and are capable to afford their own education. Others who are not so fortunate, have to compete with thousand others for scholarships or rely on student loans. The rest simply give up and look for whatever job available that accepts high school diploma. 

Yet some of the programs that designed to help turn out with some drawbacks in the end. Student loans, for instance, cripple the student once they graduate. They may have to forget about paycheck for the first years because they have to pay the loan first. scholarship, on the other hand, only caters to small percentage of students. Considering all of these, it is obvious that the states have to guarantee equal chance in free education for all students. 

Some may consider this is a bad decision for a few reason. First, the students may take it for granted just because it is free. This can be refuted by demanding certain grades and amount of years to finish the study. Second, this is a waste of taxpayer money. Well, one has to consider this as more of an investment rather than a waste. Scandinavian countries like Finland and Sweden use tax money to fund free education for its citizen. Educated citizens, in turn, will create a better country. This is obvious in how Finland and Sweden always rated among countries with best living standard, least amount of corruption and minimum employment.

In the end, I conclude that the states do have to provide free higher education for everyone. It costs a lot, but overall, it will benefit the country itself.

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