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    • AL
    • 25.12.11 | 12:20 (IST)

    There is nothing free. By providing free university degree, it means that taxes will support it. That means that poor people without education will also pay for it. At the same time as the article implies and as has been proven with statistics, education increases income later in life. That means that if we provide free education, the poor will pay for the rich, which is hardly fair. However there is still the problem of poor people having equal chances: This can be easily solved by the government providing loans that can be repaid later once the person is in the job market or by systems of social contributions (students helping pupils with their homework). An additional problem of providing free education is that usually this leads to very poor academic institutions with decreased quality of education. That is why in the US universities are far better than in Europe and why in Europe they are returning the fee structure. Also when you get something for free you tend not to appreciate it that much. That means that the effort students put in university is lower if it is free. That is again why in Europe a lot of students do not try hard and the quality suffers from that too. Israel don't make the same mistakes that Europe made (and is trying hard to correct right now).

    from the article: Tel Aviv University students planning to demonstrate for free tuition
    First published 03:24 25.12.11 | Last updated 03:24 25.12.11
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