I'm always torn on this question and I find some of my feelings are contradictory.
On the one hand, I think it is good that more young people have the opportunity to go to university. However, although I don't think that learning should just be about getting a job, I do feel that it is wrong to encourage young people to embark on a course for which there is only a small chance of getting a job connected to the subject studied - unless this is made quite clear to them at the outset.
I also feel that some students go to university just because most of their friends are going - not because they have a real interest in a particular subject or because they need a specific degree to do the job they want to do. I remember seeing a contestant on The X Factor who moaned about going to university and being expected to "read all those boring books".
Like JessM said, if a significant proportion of young people go to university, is it realistic - or even right - that they should make no financial contribution. Is it fair to young people who are less academically able or who, through personal circumstances, have to earn money, to expect their taxes to pay for those more fortunate young people who can go to university and who, in theory at least, will earn more during their lifetimes? (although I think the current fees are too high).
In my opinion, there is not enough emphasis on non-academic training and people are not properly valued for their practical skills or physical hard work.
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