The UKIP leader, Nigel Farage, was interviewed and stated that one of his big ideas is to allow students to study science, engineering, and medicine for free. That is without racking up huge debts as the do currently.
Now I am not going to deal with politics here...for once. But I've been saying and writing about this for years. Students who study science, medicine, education, and perhaps even software development should be able to do so for free.
It shouldn't matter what their background is, their class, Gender, race, creed, politics, socioeconomic standing, what school they went to, or what connections they have. If they have talent we as a state should allow them to pursue it for free.
In the modern world science, engineering, software, and the medical arts matter. As a nation we need to be at the cutting edge of technology and science in order to boost our economy and help our society function.
We should do all we can to ensure that more people, and the best, study these topics.
Now you could argue that protection is put in place to ensure that if graduates move abroad after we pay for their education they have to repay the cost of their education, but I feel the point still stands. We should encourage and support students studying science, engineering, and the like.
I should mention I am not against the social sciences and the humanities and I wouldn't be against free education for students studying them, but the fact remains science and technology education effects us all and should be priorities.
It is all about talent and helping people. Talent and vision should trump all. Unlike the arts or media it shouldn't matter who your 'daddy knows' or what school you went to, who you date, or if you are pretty, or tick some quota box.
We should help the talented.
I simply cannot see why such a simple plan for education isn't being followed.
And then I look at our politicans who have no idea of science or engineering, and a civil service full of incompetents and I sigh.