D has always wanted to be a vet. She has never wavered from this and it’s her choice to continue down that path – there is no pressure from us at all. Being a vet takes a lot of education.
On the news a week or so ago there was an item on a student who had killed themself because of the debt they had run up. I didn’t see the item – J told me about it and what D had said – and I have my guesses as to what other factors may or may not have lead to have that tragic event but what cannot be denied is student debt.
£12,000 is currently said to be the average graduation debt though this varies depending on source – especially as this is a political football. That’s for 3 years. It takes much longer to be a vet. That figure is also today’s figure. D would go to Uni in 3 years, would graduate 3 years after that. Student debt rises year on year.
I can argue either side of the fees fence and I can see the where and why this situation has come about. Back when I went to Polytechnic (remember them ?) all you had to do was be able to sign your name and you could get on a degree course (“Hello everyone, welcome to Business Studies”) but the fact is that my daughter and many other teenagers are already contemplating a sea of debt. All this “You can pay it back when ..” may seem fine to us, it may seem fine to people with credit card debt, mortgages, loans and other financial burdens, but to a child ? How would we like it ? How would we like to be told that in 3 years we would be saddled with a debt when the govt would get their pound of flesh back but you have no guarantees whatsoever ? I know that this move kept the lazy from Uni but it’s no solution is it ? Thankfully, D knows that money really isn’t the be all and end all. She knows that you do get through to the other side and she know’s that we don’t measure ourselves by what cash we do or do not have, but isn’t it a shame that before a teenager has even taken their GCSE’s that they are already looking forward to a mountain of debt and all that it will bring with it ?