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students set up to fail courses

Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
edited March 27 in Work & Study
Education sec Estelle Morris seems to feel that students are being set up to fail by overcrowded institutions and that changes need to be made. How do you feel? Now that you have to pay tuition fees do you expect more from lectures than you would have before (when they were free?)... tell all here
Susie <IMG alt="image" SRC="http://www.thesite.org/ubb/smile.gif"&gt;
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Well I have just started an English and Philosophy degree and I find that as I have to pay for it(well, my Dad), i get really annoyed if the lectures start late. My lectures have about 500 people in them, so if one person is coughing then you can't hear. I don't really think it's value for money!
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by Susie:
    Education sec Estelle Morris seems to feel that students are being set up to fail by overcrowded institutions and that changes need to be made. How do you feel? Now that you have to pay tuition fees do you expect more from lectures than you would have before (when they were free?)... tell all here
    Susie <IMG alt="image" SRC="http://www.thesite.org/ubb/smile.gif"&gt;

    Set up to fail?

    Perhaps.

    Overcrowded?

    Definitely. And there's a simple solution: reverese the year-on-year increase in student numbers. Universities are meant to be academically elite institutions, not further education colleges for Joe Bloggs and mates. If such people want to study further, give them more vocational training - academe is for academics, of which there are far fewer than current government targets seek to imply.

    How do I feel?

    Hands, mostly. <IMG alt="image" SRC="http://www.thesite.org/ubb/smile.gif"&gt;

    Nah, I think the previous bit made my opinions fairly clear.

    "Free lectures"

    They never were "free." The government covers about 90% of the costs for us UK students - we should count ourselves lucky.


    You're damn right we need a rational code of morality and ethics. But not much progress can be made in that direction while we've still got a majority ranting about gods, devils, souls, and absolute morality, and using an ancient book written by ignorant nomads as a guide.

    [This message has been edited by MacKenZie (edited 22-10-2001).]

    [This message has been edited by MacKenZie (edited 22-10-2001).]
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