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    Should students have full consumer rights ?

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    Should students have full consumer rights ?

    Post by papa_umau on Wed 15 Oct 2014, 11:07 am

    Students should expect to have full "consumer rights" if universities and the Government continue to treat them as customers, university heads were told this week, writes Rebecca Attwood.

    Wes Streeting, vice-president of the National Union of Students, warned that student unions were coming under increasing pressure to become "glorified consumer rights bodies" since the introduction of the fee regime.

    Speaking at a conference on the student experience, he said universities could not complain about the erosion of academic values and growing consumerism while pursuing a model that makes these trends inevitable.

    Higher education is increasingly being "sold" to students as an investment, he pointed out.

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    As the costs associated with higher education become higher and higher it has been suggested that because this higher education is now NOT a free at point of need service, ( except in Scotland of course ), it is time that all of the consumer rights were awarded to all students that have to pay for their education advancements.

    Do you agree or disagree with this view ?


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    Re: Should students have full consumer rights ?

    Post by zathrus on Thu 16 Oct 2014, 11:41 am

    I think it is outrageous that further-education in Britain is now done as if it was a marketing ploy.

    All of the ordinary universities should be able to offer further education for ordinary people at no cost if the ethic of "free education at the point of need" maxim is to be upheld.

    Of course there will always be the rich, who can pay for their young-folk to go to Eton and Oxbridge, but that should not effect how the general population are educated.
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    Re: Should students have full consumer rights ?

    Post by papa_umau on Fri 17 Oct 2014, 12:33 pm

    Of course education should be protected from the vagaries of the free-market economy as they should be built into our welfare state and come to us as just another advantage of this system.

    The Tories will always try to glean extra income from these institutions while they are treating them like the free market instead of being "free at point of need".

    The rich can still choose to send their kids to paid education if they think they can afford it.


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    Re: Should students have full consumer rights ?

    Post by Angie baby on Sat 18 Oct 2014, 12:00 pm

    Of course students should have the normal consumer protection that the rest of us get if they are forced to have to buy their further education.
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    Re: Should students have full consumer rights ?

    Post by papa_umau on Sun 19 Oct 2014, 12:44 pm

    Yes Angie, as usual, the Tories like to class all of the people of Britain as rich as they are and that is why they always seem to feel that we can afford to BUY our education and further education like they seem to be able to do.

    This is just another glaring example of the gulf between the rich and the poor in Britain where they think that we CAN all afford to pay for our children's full education.

    They just don't even try to see the differences between the rich and the poor here.

    The welfare state, ( introduced by a Labour government ), was originally designed specifically to smooth out these differences in wealth, but of course, we all know that the Tories HATE the welfare state and all that it stands for.


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